Aldersley Leisure Village will begin to support local GPs to deliver their vaccination services from tomorrow. The site, which has been approved by NHS England & Improvement, will give additional capacity and improved flow of patients receiving their Covid-19 vaccination.
Dr Salma Reehana, Clinical Chair, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We hope that, by delivering the vaccine at sites such as Aldersley Leisure Village, the opportunity to have the vaccine is accessible to our most vulnerable population. We're working with our GPs and partners to ensure that we can vaccinate those with most need as outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. We will be in touch with those eligible for a vaccine as soon as we have appointments available – there’s no need for people to contact their pharmacy or GP – and I'd encourage people to step forward when they’re asked to do so because this is our opportunity to protect ourselves and each other.”
Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: Aldersley Leisure Village centre currently closed because of the national lockdown, and we are pleased to have been able to work closely with Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group to enable it to play a key part in the vaccination programme. Aldersley has already played an integral role in our fight against coronavirus, firstly as a food distribution hub during the lockdown last spring, and secondly as a drive-through test site. It’s great that it can now help with the ongoing vaccination campaign. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their vaccine as and when they are invited to do so, and Aldersley Leisure Village benefits from ample parking and good public transport links. The size of the building means we will also be able to upscale the number of vaccines we can deliver from this site as and when required. The vaccine is the fastest way in which we are going to get out of this pandemic and the quicker people are protected, the quicker we can get back to normal. So, as soon as you are contacted to have your jab, please make sure you get it.”
The vaccine is currently available to people in the first four priority groups. Full details about priority groups is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Don’t forget that there are currently three ways to get your COVID-19 vaccine in Wolverhampton.
- You may be contacted by your GP to attend a local GP led Vaccination Service, who are also vaccinating patients in care homes and people who are housebound.
- You may receive an invite letter in the post to have the vaccine at a Vaccination Centre such as the Black Country Living Museum or Millennium Point in Birmingham. If you receive the letter from the national service and can travel to the Vaccination Centre safely, we recommend that you book using the details the letter provides.
- You may receive the vaccine at a Hospital Hub after a hospital stay or when attending for other appointments.
All of the vaccines currently available, have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Latest figures show there were 506.8 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 26 January. That means 1,333 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.