Full list of 5 new vaccination centres opening in Essex

Five new coronavirus vaccination centres are opening in Essex today.

The life-saving Covid-19 vaccinations will be delivered to thousands more residents across the county where the new sites are opening.

Chelmsford City Racecourse and Colchester United Football Club are two of the new centres, as well as Cliffs Pavillion and another two venues in Clacton and Thurrock.

Each centre will have the ability to vaccinate hundreds of people a day and thousands a week.

The new centres are among several opening nationally this week as the NHS rapidly accelerates the number of sites it can give the crucial first dose of the vaccine.

They include the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea, the largest purpose-built arts venue in Essex.

Councillor Trevor Harp, Cabinet Member for Health at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “We are really pleased that the Cliffs Pavilion, an iconic Southend venue, is being used to help support our NHS in the largest vaccination drive in history.

“I’m sure our local community are going to be relieved to have an additional vaccination centre on our doorstep, but I would remind people to only attend if they have an appointment.”

Fraser Garrity, Manager of Chelmsford City Racecourse, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to play a small part in helping the NHS carry out this vital function for the local community.

“Our facilities have hosted a wide range of big conferences and events since we opened in 2015, but this is the most important task they will ever be used for.”

A member of the medical team administers a Covid-19 vaccination jab at the NHS vaccination centre in Robertson House on January 14, 2021 in Stevenage, England
A member of the medical team administers a Covid-19 vaccination jab at the NHS vaccination centre in Robertson House on January 14, 2021 in Stevenage, England
(Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Tim Waddington, Colchester United General Manager, added: “At the very start of the pandemic we offered the stadium as a venue for whatever it could be used for by the NHS.

“We have supported the NHS by hosting training programmes and COVID-19 testing – we’re delighted to now see vaccinations starting here.”

People in the top four priority groups including people aged 70 years old and over, and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, are being invited to book an appointment at the vaccination centres through the national booking service.

The centres will also be vaccinating health and care staff who are being urged to get their first dose as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.

There are six new large-scale vaccination centres in total going live over the coming week:

  • Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Colchester United Jobserve Community Stadium
  • The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
  • Former Riverwalk School, Bury St Edmunds
  • Clacton Hospital
  • Alastair Farquharson Centre, Thurrock Community Hospital

It brings the total number of large vaccination centres in Essex and Suffolk to nine after vaccination services opened in The Lodge in Runwell in Wickford, Gainsborough Sports Centre and Harlow Leisurezone.

They are now more than 1,400 vaccination sites nationally in addition to the hospital hubs, GP and pharmacy-led vaccination services already offering coronavirus vaccinations across the region.

Nigel Leonard, Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT), which is coordinating the large vaccination centres across Mid and South Essex and Suffolk and North East Essex, said: “The opening of these centres will have a huge impact on our ability to accelerate vaccinations to the people of Essex and Suffolk and protect those most at risk as quickly as possible.

“I would like to thank my NHS colleagues, partners and everyone involved for their incredible work and dedication to enable these centres to open as quickly as possible.”

The NHS is urging people only to come to a vaccination centre when invited to do so, to help ensure that priority groups are served first and to maintain safe social distancing at every venue.

They also stress that you should not arrive any more than five minutes before your appointment.

NHS staff are also visiting those who are housebound and unable to travel to their local service or vaccination centre.

Essex Live – Colchester