A VACCINATION centre in Stoneleigh has closed its doors after delivering nearly 160,000 Covid jabs.
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust closed the doors at the Stoneleigh Events Centre for the last time as the local NHS and partners move on to the next phase of the programme.
The programme’s associate director Rob Spencer published a message of thanks to staff and volunteers.
He said: “Last week we saw the doors close on our vaccination site at Stoneleigh Park for the last time and I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate and thank people for making Stoneleigh vaccination centre a success story of Coventry and Warwickshire’s vaccination programme.
“Since the doors first opened in mid-January over 158,000 Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place. Due to the phenomenal efforts from so many people throughout the course of the last nine months, it has not only provided people from our local area with increased protection against this virus, enabling them to get back to some sense of normality, but will have saved countless lives.
“From the very early days of securing the site and helping to get it operational to getting the clinical processes ready for patients to come through the doors, there has been so many individuals who have gone above and beyond from across our health care system to make the site a success. Our systems team, our HR team, estates support, our IT support, our communications and marketing team, to our CCG colleagues from the pharmacy medicines management team who took on extra shifts to help ensure we had capacity to deliver so many safe vaccinations – thank you.
“To our wonderful site managers, who have operated in very trying circumstances with goalposts changing; and then changing again over the course of a few days, thank you for your patience and leadership.
“To all members of staff and volunteers who have either worked one shift or 100 shifts, thank you. If you’ve worked clinically, administratively, or voluntarily; on site or in the backgrounds, you’ve made a difference and saved lives.
“Thank you all so much and I looked forward to working with you on the next phase of the programme.”
The programme has seen some £1.3million vaccinated across the region, in venues from cricket clubs and golf courses to mosques, community centres and even a vaccination ambulance.
The next phase will focus on pop-up and walk-in sites and the targeting of specific areas of lower uptake.
Visit the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership website for the latest details on vaccination venues.