A new coronavirus vaccination site has opened at the Village Hotel in Headingley, North Leeds.
The UK lockdown has left abandoned spaces all around the country and The Village Hotel, North Leeds, has decided to use their free space to facilitate the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The centre is being operated by online pharmacy firm Pharmacy2U.
Laura Hitchen, director of sales at The Village Hotel in Headingley, North Leeds, said: “Throughout the UK lockdowns our spa treatment rooms, meeting spaces & flexible working facilities have been out of action and what better way to support the resurrection of the hospitality industry than this.
“It is a privilege to be involved in the NHS vaccination programme, and we look forward to welcoming local residents who have confirmed appointments over the coming weeks.
“With ample car parking and just out of major city locations – the hotels are perfect destinations in the vaccination rollout.”
The plans are to vaccinate between 200 – 300 patients daily with the hope to increase this in future weeks. The vaccination centre is open for people in the first priority cohorts who have received an invitation from the national booking system.
The Village Hotel, North Leeds, is one of seven Village Hotels across the UK to become a vaccination site.
Village Hotels are currently open to accommodate key workers that require essential accommodation along with Starbucks coffee shop for takeaway. In line with government guidance, the vaccination programme will run alongside the reopening of the hotel leisure club, pub and grill and meeting/leisure event facilities.
The Village Hotel in Headingley isn’t the only building being turned into a vaccine hub. Up and down the country, empty buildings are being turned into vaccination sites due to the free size and space available.
Size is important as it means staff and patients can practice social distancing whilst in the building.
A mass vaccination centre at Leeds United’s stadium, Elland Road also opens today.
Following the Pfizer jab, patients are having to wait 15 minutes before they are allowed to leave in case there’s an allergic reaction.
According to BBC News, more than 12 million adults in the UK have had their first dose of one of three available Covid-19 vaccinations.
The three different vaccines available are the Pfizer vaccine, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the Moderna vaccine.
The vaccine is currently available for older adults, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents and staff, and those with certain clinical conditions.
When it is your turn to receive the coronavirus vaccination, you will be contacted by the NHS with information on how to book your appointment and where you you will receive the vaccine.