New vaccination center debuts at Kennet Shopping in Newbury
A new vaccination clinic began serving the public last Thursday at the Kennet Shopping Center in Newbury, and organizers are already reporting a positive response.
The center is managed by Ascent Healthcare, a private company, in collaboration with NHS England.
It fills a void that will soon be left by the Newbury Racecourse site, which is currently in the process of shutting down.
In its first week of service, the new center has already administered vaccines to more than 1,000 people.
Members of the public should reach out to get vaccinated at the site, as its deployment is not organized by general practitioners.
Anyone meeting the national age criteria can book.
Appointments can be made via the NHS website.
The clinic is expected to operate until September, although site manager Zohib Sheikh has said it could operate even longer.
Mr. Sheikh said of the launch: “It was a huge success, luckily.
“The set-up was a really stressful project, as we had very little time.
“With the help of volunteers, the St. John Ambulance and our clinical team, it was a massive, massive success.
“Everyone who came said it was super smooth, and everyone was really happy with the service.”
Mr Sheikh points out that nominations are limited and users may not be able to secure a slot immediately.
He said: “We hope to get more doses because our clinics fill up very quickly.
“People are struggling to book, and we are just liaising with NHS England to hopefully increase our vaccine delivery. “