New Covid-19 vaccination site to open in Chapel

A second Covid-19 vaccination centre is due to open in the High Peak this weekend. 

It will be based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, at Thornbrook Surgery on Thornbrook Road. 

The site follows the opening of the borough's first vaccine hub at Glossop Cricket Club last month, as part of the first phase of the national vaccine rollout. 

Almost 1,000 people - who were over 80s, as well as NHS staff and key workers - received the Pfizer/BioNtech jab on 22 and 23 December at the North Road site, which is set to be active for 15 weeks. 

Since then, local care home residents and staff in Glossop and Hadfield have also been vaccinated by health staff from Glossop Primary Care Network.  

Meanwhile, four more clinics at Glossop Cricket Club for the over-80s are also set to take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8, as well as Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 January. 

At the Chapel site, the first wave of patients are being contacted, with the first clinic due to be held on Saturday 9 January.


Thornbrook Surgery in Chapel

People are advised not to ring their GP practice for an appointment. Patients will either receive a text message or a phone call to book an appointment.

Similarly, people are requested not to come down to Thornbrook Surgery on the clinic days as you will not be offered a vaccination without an appointment.

High Peak MP Robert Largan said: "This is great news and I want to thank all the local NHS staff who have worked hard to get this centre set up.

"I want to make certain that we get the vaccine rolled out as quickly as possible and that everyone is able to access a vaccination centre, including those in Buxton and New Mills. The NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have made a commitment to me that a third centre will open shortly as well." 

Thornbrook Road car park will be closed to general traffic this weekend to allow patients attending the neighbouring surgery for Covid vaccinations to park there.

The car park will be closed on Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday 11 January. Residents will be able to park in Morrisons car park without charge during this short period.

Councillor Anthony Mckeown, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “It’s great news that Thornbrook Surgery will start vaccinating High Peak residents from this weekend.

“The vaccine is the way out of this pandemic so we’re pleased to be able to support our health partners as they begin the vaccination programme by making the Thornbrook Road car park available to those patients attending to receive their jabs.

“Given the number of people who will be attending the surgery it does mean that the car park will be closed to other users during this short period. I hope people will understand why we’ve made that decision and I’d like to thank Morrisons for allowing residents to park without charge on their car park.”

A site in Buxton is also being prepared for opening next week to help get all priority patients in High Peak vaccinated as soon as possible.

With England now under another national lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Monday's televised address to the nation that the NHS expects people in the top four priority groups - over 70s, care home residents and workers, frontline health staff and all clinically extremely vulnerable - to receive a first coronavirus vaccine dose by mid-February "if things go well". 

On Monday, the second approved vaccine, the Oxford University/AstraZeneca jab, began being administered across the country and will soon be rolled out locally. 

More information about the vaccines can be found at nhs.uk/covidvaccine

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