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Large scale vaccination centre launches at East of England Showground Peterborough

by Karen Mason | Feb 15, 2021

The NHS launches a new large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre on Tuesday 16 February 2021, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  

The centre will be located at the Arena and Events Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough.

The centre provides an additional option to the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust large scale vaccination centres already delivering vaccines at the Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge; the City Care Centre, Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon; the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech; the Indoor Bowls Centre Cambridge; and the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county. 

Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: 

“We are delighted to be launching an additional large vaccination centre at the Arena and Events Centre at the East of England Showground Peterborough; joining the centres already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination.  Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks.” 

“The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines a week and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.

“We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work, and also to colleagues at the East of England Showground for letting us use their premises for this vital vaccination programme.”

People aged 65 and over can now book a vaccination by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination .  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.  

We’d encourage everyone to book an appointment when they receive a letter but if anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out please disregard it.  

Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added:

“NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care.  

“When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment.  Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

“It is vital that you do not attend the vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.”

“I urge people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

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How to find the Arena and Events Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6XE (to find the Centre using sat nav, use PE2 6HE)

The Arena and Events Centre/Vaccination Centre will be signposted from the Showground’s main gates.   Enter the Showground via gate 14. 

For full details on how to find the Centre visit: https://eastofenglandarena.com/visitors/getting-here/   

Editors notes:
Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – by appointment only - through: 

• The Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust at The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge; the City Care Centre, Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon; the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech; the Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, Cambridge; and the Arena and Events Centre East of England Showground, with more centres coming on line in the comings weeks.   

• Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – for more information on these services visit: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

Who will deliver vaccinations 

The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines.  
  
For further information contact:

Karen Mason, Head of Communications, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust 
Tel: 07754 885331 Email:  karen.mason4@nhs.net

 
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