Wyre Council’s venues put to good use as vaccination centresPublished Thursday, 07 January 2021
Thornton Little Theatre and the Civic Centre in Poulton will be used as COVID-19 vaccination centres to help enable the NHS to vaccinate residents.
Wyre Council’s venues will be used by the NHS to help enable as many residents as possible to be vaccinated.
The NHS vaccination programme is well under way and thousands of residents will be vaccinated against the virus in the coming months.
Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing at Wyre Council, commented: “We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with the NHS, local GP practices and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group to use our venues as vaccination centres.
“The vaccination programme is underway and we sincerely hope that using our venues in this way can help this to happen as quickly as possible for our residents.
“This is great for our sites, especially for Thornton Little Theatre which sadly cannot open as a theatre for the time being.”
Lockwood GP Surgery, based in the Civic Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde, is providing vaccinations on behalf of several practices in Poulton and Thornton.
Casey Hancock, Practice Manager at Lockwood GP Surgery, based in the Civic Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde, commented: “May I pass my thanks on to all at Wyre Council and all the staff that helped on our first vaccination programme.
“The overall comments were really positive, people said the sessions ran like clockwork and were very efficient. However we could not have done it without the help of the council.”
Dr Susan Fairhead, from Cleveleys Group Practice, said: "It's the first day we are vaccinating, and we are starting with the Pfizer vaccine which was delivered to us yesterday.
"We also plan for the rest of the week to get more vaccines, and we plan to be vaccinating people in their care homes as well, starting tomorrow.
"We're getting more vaccines next week, and our aim is to have vaccinated, hopefully within the next two or three weeks, the first couple of cohorts which will be the over-80s, all the healthcare workers and the care homes.
"It's an extremely exciting time, we've been looking forward to this for weeks.
"Luckily one of the practice managers at Thornton, Amy Sissons, has very good associations with Wyre Council and they were more than happy to provide this venue."
The council is also actively supporting the NHS test and trace programme with staff contacting local people with the virus to trace those they may have infected and to advise these contacts to isolate and break the chain of infection.
Residents will be contacted directly by the NHS when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, visit https://www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/local-services/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination-programme/