Vaccinations officially begin at John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield has moved a step further in the right direction today as the John Smith’s Stadium officially opened its doors as a new vaccination centre.

Staff from Locala and Local Care Direct will be delivering vaccinations at the centre that has been set up at the stadium with support from Curo Health GP Federation.

People in the nationally agreed priority groups who live 30 to 45 minutes’ drive from any of the open vaccination centres are receiving invitation letters from the NHS national booking service. This will explain how to book an appointment either at one of the centres that are open such as John Smith’s Stadium, or at community pharmacies (including Boots in the town centre which opened their vaccination centre last week). 

If people prefer, they can wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice for an appointment at their local centre or choose to wait for the other centres to open over the next few weeks. Only those who are eligible for a vaccine at this time are able to book a vaccination appointment.

Steve Brennan, who is leading the vaccine programme in Kirklees said:“We are delighted to be taking the next step in our vaccination roll-out by opening the centre at John Smith’s Stadium. This will help us to vaccinate greater numbers of at-risk people as quickly as possible and adds to the range of options that are available for people in Kirklees to choose from. Setting up the centre has been a real team effort: partners from the NHS, Curo Health GP Federation, Locala and Local Care Direct have worked tirelessly to get the centre ready and provide a safe environment for people to have their vaccinations in.”

In a response to a number of posts circulating on social media, the NHS told Huddersfield Times “We urge people to take care when responding to social media posts, clicking on links or responding to text messages.  More information about how you will be contacted for your Covid-18 vaccination and how to spot a scam can be found by visiting www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/how-you-will-be-contacted/

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