Hot on the heels of six new sites run by high street community pharmacies, introduced on Wednesday last week, a seventh site at University of Bolton Stadium will be open from Thursday, January 28.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 vaccination sites open since December to 78 across Greater Manchester. There are now 55 GP-led sites and 7 pharmacies, 15 hospital hubs and the vaccination centre at the Manchester Tennis Centre on the Etihad Campus.
Greater Manchester has so far vaccinated over 300, 000 people with at least one single vaccine dose.
Jane Pilkington, director for population health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“This additional site will play a crucial role in supporting the continued roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine across Greater Manchester. We’re working very closely with all boroughs in Greater Manchester to ensure that our eligible staff and citizens get timely access to vaccination.
“Pharmacies often act as the first port of call for expert health advice, so I am pleased they are able to play such a key part in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Please remember all sites are operating on an appointment-only basis. To allow teams to operate safely and maintain social distancing, please don’t arrive without booking first. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.”
Known as ‘Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers’ site, it will initially be vaccinating people aged 75 and over who have received a letter inviting them to book an appointment, together with frontline health and social care workers. This is in line with vaccine prioritisation agreed at a national level.
Staff and residents in nearly all care homes across the city-region have also been offered the jab.
Sir Richard Leese, chair of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:
“The vaccine roll out has been continuing at pace and it’s thanks to the hard work of so many people and organisations that we’ve hit these important milestones. This is the largest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken, and I want to say a heartfelt thanks to all the teams who have worked so hard and continue to work on the vaccine roll out.
“I also want to publicly thank the NHS and care workforce who have worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic to care for many thousands of people. The dedication and commitment staff have shown in the most challenging of circumstances is admirable. Staff have shown extraordinary resilience and I am proud of the work they do every day.
“Please do continue to follow social distancing and lockdown rules to ensure we can beat Coronavirus soon.”
The range of different locations available in Greater Manchester means that people can choose the option that will work best for them once they are invited to book an appointment. Those who do not wish to have their jab at the Etihad vaccination centre, or a pharmacy-run site can wait to receive an invitation from their GP practice.
Most of Greater Manchester’s population is within at least 10 miles of a vaccination site though many people live much closer.