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First large-scale vaccination centre in Merseyside opens

by Guy Murphy

St Helens Rugby League Ground, the Totally Wicked Stadium, is the site of the first large-scale COVID-19 Vaccination Centre in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Led by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the centre opened today – Monday 18 January – and will be using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The venue is an additional option for the people of Merseyside to choose when they are contacted to have their vaccine, alongside primary care and local pharmacy venues.

Vaccination is by appointment only and members of the public are asked not to attend the stadium unless they have been contacted by the NHS. Those in the Government’s priority groups will be contacted first and given the option of the St Helens venue.

Professor Kevin Hardy, Vaccination Centre Medical Director, said:

“This is an exciting step in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme and great news for the people of Cheshire and Merseyside that the first large-scale vaccination centre is opening in the area.

When the St Helens centre is fully operational, we will be vaccinating thousands of people each week and it means that we can move through those priority groups at a greater pace and ensure that we can protect many more people as soon possible.”