Teignbridge Council is pleased to be offering Sherborne House in Newton Abbot town centre, to provide a large vaccination site for the Teignbridge district.
The property, which is currently unoccupied but which was due to have its first tenants in the coming months, has been opened up for NHS primary care partners to roll out the first vaccinations for residents in areas of Newton Abbot and surrounding areas.
At this morning’s (Thurs 14 January) Full Council Meeting, Council Chair John Petherick announced: “This vaccination programme is giving the nation, the region and our local residents a lifeline, and the chance to rebuild our economy and our society, following this turbulent and devastating year of the pandemic.
“We are delighted to be playing a small part in helping this effort by providing a local facility for some of our most vulnerable residents to get their vaccinations and help protect our communities.
“We have prioritised the use of Sherborne House in Newton Abbot to the NHS to enable them to deliver their vaccination programme in a prime town centre location, and this will benefit not only residents from Newton Abbot but also those in the surrounding areas of Bovey Tracey, Kingsteignton, Chudleigh, Kingskerswell and Ipplepen.
“We have also given over the use of a nearby Halcyon Road car park to the NHS so that they can provide car parking for those who need it.”
Cllr Richard Keeling, Executive Member for Corporate Services and Assets, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to work with our NHS partners in providing these facilities for some of our most vulnerable residents to receive their Covid vaccinations.
“The availability of this town centre location should make it ideal for residents to make short journeys, and the nearby car park we’re providing will help reduce walking distances for the over 80s.
“Hot on the heels of the first vaccination centres in the district, we’re hoping to see the further rollout of centres across other parts of the district, and would encourage anyone who has received an invitation to take up this important opportunity to protect themselves from this disease, and set us on the road to normality.
“As the initial vaccinations will be provided to the area’s oldest and most vulnerable residents, the council is also providing the NHS with the exclusive use of the nearby Halcyon Road Car Park to ensure easy access to the vaccination centre. The car park will be marshalled by the Rotary Club, organised through the GP’s co-ordinator. Anyone making essential journeys to the town centre is asked to use alternative car parks while this is being used.”
Vaccinations will start on Saturday (16 Jan), and patients at the practices involved will be contacted by their local GP surgery inviting them to attend. People are being asked not to contact their GP to request their vaccination, as this is being co-ordinated by the practices involved and based on eligibility.
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