New COVID-19 vaccination centre opens in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes residents aged 70 and over are amongst those being invited to book a coronavirus vaccination at Saxon Court 1 Saxon Gate, East, Milton Keynes from Monday 8 February. This is one of 18 new NHS vaccination centres that open this week in England.
People aged 70 and over are being invited to book a vaccination at these centres. If someone cannot or does not want to travel to a vaccination centre, they can still wait to have their vaccination at a local GP service or hospital hub.
People should only attend for a vaccination at Saxon Court if they have received a letter inviting them to book a vaccination and have already booked an appointment. Anyone attending for a vaccine appointment is asked to arrive just before the time of their appointment to avoid the need to wait to be seen and to help us maintain social distancing at the vaccination centre.
As well as the vaccination centres and pharmacy vaccination services, there are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites offering vaccinations in England.
Health and social care staff working nearby will also be able to receive their vaccination at Saxon Court.
The vaccination centre at Saxon Court is being run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) working with Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) partners, drawing on its proven track record of delivering local vaccination programmes in the East of England. The BLMK and HCT team has set the centre up with the support of Milton Keynes Council, the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum and local volunteers. In addition we are grateful for support from the heart of our community with stewards for the MK Dons providing marshalling for the MK Mass Vaccination Centre….. Vacs day is more like a match day!!
Dr Sarah Whiteman, the Medical Director and putative Chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs said: “We have been working hard with our partner organisations in the lead up to opening the centre today. We can now welcome local people in the prioritised age groups with confirmed appointments to receive their vaccine, along with health and social care workers from across our area. This represents another step forward in helping to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. My sincere thanks go to everyone, volunteers, partners and NHS staff who have worked around the clock to deliver this programme.”
MK Council Leader, Pete Marland agreed “In Milton Keynes we already work very closely with our health partners, so there was no doubt about offering Saxon Court as a venue for a mass vaccination centre. We want to get as many local people vaccinated as quickly as possible. NHS staff are doing an incredible job rolling out the largest vaccination programme in history and we’re proud to be able to accelerate this and protect more residents. This is a big step forward.”
“Lots of staff have been working behind the scenes to make this happen in relatively a short space of time. I’d like to thank them and also thank First Base, who we’ve recently sold Saxon Court to, for being so flexible over arrangements.”
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