Newark and Sherwood's covid-19 vaccination centre opens at the Joe Hallam Suite at Newark Showground
The NHS covid-19 vaccination service has now opened in Newark and Sherwood.
Newark and Sherwood District Council and health bosses are asking the public to wait until they have received a letter before contacting the NHS, their GP or local hospital.
The district council has been working with colleagues across the local health and care system to prepare for the opening of the national vaccination programme at the Joe Hallam Suite at Newark Showground.
Recipients of the vaccine will be called forward in priority order as set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The NHS will send letters with information on how to make an appointment to eligible people in due course and vaccines will be by appointment only. First priority at the site is for those over the age of 80 and frontline health and social care workers.
The only way to get an appointment and the vaccine is to follow the instructions in the letter. Once residents have received a letter, they are advised to book an appointment as soon as possible.
Among the first to receive a vaccination at the new centre were ex-veterans Tony Parker, aged 81, and his wife Beryl Parker, aged 82, who both live in Newark.
Having met each other in Singapore while serving for the RAF, the Parkers have been married for more than 60 years and have spent the majority of the pandemic shielding together.
Mr Parker said: “We are pleased to be receiving the vaccination and are looking forward to being able to see our family safely again, spending time with them is what it’s all about.”
David Lloyd, leader of the district council, said: “While we are pleased that the vaccination service has now opened in Newark and Sherwood, there is a priority system in place and for this to work effectively, residents must be patient and wait until it’s their turn and should not contact us or the NHS directly.
“This is the largest immunisation programme in NHS history and a lot of planning has gone into the opening of the centre and now it has arrived, it is absolutely crucial that priority is given to those most at risk of coronavirus: the over 80s and our health and social workers.
"The number of cases are still worrying and we are in a National Lockdown, so we must do everything we can to protect our more vulnerable residents.
“If you have received a letter please make sure that you book an appointment as soon as possible. If you know someone who has received a letter, who may not be able to book on themselves, help them to make an appointment so they can be protected from COVID-19 and we can hopefully return to a normal way of life as quickly as possible.”
It’s important that everyone continues to follow the national guidance, while remembering to wash their hands, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.
Key information for the public:
• please don’t contact the NHS for a vaccine, they will contact you
• when they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
• please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination, please click here.