Iconic vaccination centres give out nearly half a million vaccines during first year

Two of the region’s most recognisable Covid-19 vaccine sites are celebrating their first anniversaries with the news that almost half a million lifesaving vaccinations have been carried out over the last 12 months.

Salisbury City Hall opened its doors as a fully-purposed vaccination venue on Monday 25 January last year, and was followed a few days later by Bath Racecourse.

One year on since the ribbon was cut at both venues, new figures reveal that more than 205,000 vaccines have been given out at Salisbury City Hall, while a further 231,000 have been carried out at Bath Racecourse.

Included within the totals are tens of thousands of first and second doses, but also a staggering number of booster vaccines, with Salisbury’s total standing at around 51,000 and Bath’s at just over 50,000.

People yet to come forward for their all-important booster vaccine, as well as those without a first or second dose, are advised not to put off doing so any longer.

Fiona Hyett, Operations Director at Salisbury City Hall, said: “Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and it’s incredibly important for people, especially those in younger age groups, to still come forward for their required vaccinations.

“Getting vaccinated not only keeps the individual safe, but it also helps to stop them from passing the virus on to their friends and family, many of whom could be older and more susceptible to becoming seriously ill.

“To make it as easy as possible to get vaccinated, our site in Salisbury, as well as the racecourse in Bath, along with many others across the region, are now offering walk-in vaccinations, meaning no appointment is needed.

“Even if you are unsure about having the vaccine, please come along and have a friendly chat with us so that we can answer any questions and provide reassurance.”

Across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, approximately 600,000 booster vaccines have been given out, meaning that more than 85 per cent of all who are eligible have had their immunity topped up.

A high number of people in the region remain completely unvaccinated, and work is continuing with local communities to help bring the Covid-19 vaccine to where it is needed most.

In the last week, pop-up vaccination clinics have been held across the region, including in the Penhill area of Swindon and at Bulford Camp in Salisbury, where more than 160 vaccinations took place.

This week will also see a walk-in vaccination clinic arrive at Bath City Football Club on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 January.

People can find their nearest vaccine centre, as well as a list of those sites offering walk-in vaccinations, online at www.nhs.uk.

Further information about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, including an extensive list of frequently asked questions, can be found at www.bswicb.nhs.uk.