Civic Hall remaining as vaccination hub until end of September

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 8 June 2021

COUNCIL CHIEFS at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have revealed that the Civic Hall will continue operating as the borough’s principal Covid-19 vaccination hub until the end of September.

The Civic Hall (Google Street View)

The Civic Hall, based on High Street in Bedworth town centre, was first transformed from a town theatre into a vaccination hub back in January.

NHS England and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust have been working with the Borough Council to ensure vaccinations for the local population, as a part of the national vaccination programme.

Since then, over 80,000+ Nuneaton and Bedworth residents have received at least one of two vaccination doses, with the Civic Hall handing out the highest number of these.

Residents aged between 25 and 29 across the Midlands are now able to book their vaccinations at a large vaccination centre or community pharmacy through the National Booking System’s text message invitations.

The text message invitations appear as an alert from “NHSVaccine” and do not expire – they include a link to the NHS website where the recipient may reserve an appointment.

Alternatively, those who do not use the internet are able to book their jabs by calling the service on 119.

Eligible residents aged 39 and under and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, in line with updated Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

As the venue will continues to be used through the summer, the programme of events which were scheduled to take place will continue to be suspended until further notice.

Cllr. Julian Gutteridge, Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment at the Council, said: “Our first priority as a Council is the safety and well-being of all our residents.

“We would love to resume Bedworth Civic Hall events now, but we must ensure people get their vaccinations safely and promptly.

“The Civic Hall is by far the biggest venue locally that can handle the vaccination of the thousands of people who need this protection, safely and efficiently.

“The vaccination programme has operated very effectively in Nuneaton and Bedworth, and we are proud to be able to say the Civic Hall has made a big contribution. We will resume our programme of events as soon as we are able.”

Rob Spencer, Head of Operations for the COVID Vaccination Centres at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT), said: “On behalf of CWPT and the vaccination team, we are pleased we will be able to continue to support the programme at the Civic Hall in the coming months.

“We want to help continue the success of the local vaccination programme and we would encourage residents to take up their second vaccine to ensure maximum protection against the virus and for people who are eligible to come forward and book their first vaccination appointment as soon as they are invited.

“The success of the vaccination programme is one of the key factors that will help take us out of lockdown and with evidence suggesting the variant first discovered in India is 40 per cent more transmissible than the variant in Kent, and daily cases on the rise, residents are urged to come forward to help protect themselves and others from serious illness from coronavirus.”

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