Mass covid vaccination site to open in York this week

The large Covid-19 vaccination site is to be based at Moor Lane Car Park, Askham Bar, York – which is also operating as a mass Flu Vaccination site.

Nimbuscare Ltd, the York-based at scale primary care provider, said it will begin offering the Covid-19 vaccine to invited individuals from Monday.  

It added that people arriving for a Covid vaccine will be asked to park their car, before being directed to the right area to receive the vaccine.

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And priority groups will be offered the vaccine first – and will be contacted for a booster jab at a later date via letter, text message or phone call.

Prof Mike Holmes, chair of Nimbuscare Ltd, said: “This programme is one of the most important moments in the history of the NHS. Delivering the vaccine on this scale is a huge task and we’re fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced team which is making this possible.

“We have joined with clinicians, volunteers, primary care colleagues and local organisations from across the York area to make this happen and we thank them all for their support.

“We have been working round the clock to get the site ready and await the arrival of the first vaccines.

“People will be contacted when the time is right to come forward for their vaccination, as per the priority groups. When people do receive an invitation, we encourage people to act on this and make sure they attend.

“I understand there will be anxiety from people who are keen to get the vaccine as soon as possible, but please be reassured that we are putting in place plans to do that as quickly and as safely as we can.”

“In the meantime, we hope everyone will continue to abide by social distancing and hand hygiene guidance.”

For information about the vaccine go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell said: “It is nothing short of a miracle to have a vaccine in response to this new virus. It just shows how real investment in life sciences could be transformative in addressing many infections and diseases, and I thank all those who have been involved in getting us to this point.

“From Monday people should wait to be contacted by their GP, so those who are most vulnerable can be inoculated first. There is a need for two injections with this virus, three weeks apart, so it will take time to reach everyone in the first cohort, the most vulnerable and elderly residents.

“However, I urge everyone to make it their priority to have the vaccine and protect themselves. It will remain essential that people continue to have good hand hygiene, socially distance at 2m and wear face masks to stop further infection risk.

“Over a weekend where there has been confusion and frustration, the vaccine does give us hope that the end is in sight.”

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