Thursday, 25 February 2021

Stadium converted into mass coronavirus vaccination centre

THE home of Reading FC has been converted into a mass coronavirus vaccination centre.

The Madejski Stadium began offering jabs to people aged 65 years and over and other eligible groups on Monday.

Organisers say the size of the site will mean that it will be able to deliver thousands of vaccines per week.

The operation is being run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Abid Irfan, of the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s great that we have this mass vaccination centre up and running. It means we’ll be able to deliver the jabs at pace. This will play a critical role in the vaccination programme and means our primary care teams will now be able to devote more time to the other healthcare needs of their patients.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard to make sure our surgeries continue to provide the wide range of health and care services people need at the same time as rolling out the vaccination programme.”

People aged 65 to 69 or older not yet vaccinated can book an appointment by calling 119 once they have received an invitation letter.

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