Ashton Gate Stadium unveiled as major UK vaccination centrePosted on: 07 Jan 2021
The BS3 stadium is one of seven key vaccination locations across the UK.
The Ashton Gate Stadium team have confirmed the venue as one of seven UK 'super-vaccination' centres, set to open next week to deliver the first set of injections offered to members of the public who have received an NHS vaccination invite.
The centre will be staffed by a mixture of NHS staff and volunteers, adding to 775 GP-led centres and 207 hospital sites also administering the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide.
Members of the public are asked not to arrive at Ashton Gate without prior appointment, with vaccinations available only to those who have been contacted by the NHS.
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Speaking on the announcement of Ashton Gate Stadium's involvement in the 'super-vaccination' project, Managing Director Mark Kelly said “Ashton Gate is proud to support the delivery of this vaccination programme.
"The stadium sits in the heart of the community and to be able to help in whatever way we can is a real honour.
“We have previously partnered with the NHS for Covid-testing here at the Stadium and it is perfectly set up to be able to help the NHS with this incredibly important programme.
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The vaccination centre has been set up in the South Concourse of the stadium as a self-contained space, enabling a safe and efficient delivery of the vaccine.
As the home of both Bristol City FC and Bristol Bears, the stadium will continue hosting matchdays and is expected to be able to safely accommodate the return of supporters once nationwide restrictions are lifted.
Ashton Gate joins London's Excel Centre, the Manchester Tennis & Football Centre, Robertson House in Stevenage, Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, Birmingham's Millennium Point and Newcastle's Centre for Life as one of seven key locations.
For more information on the vaccination centre, or to follow news and updates, find Ashton Gate Stadium on Twitter.
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