Added on: 1st February, 2021 by O1
Working in partnership with the NHS, Bromley Council has announced the launch of a Covid-19 mass vaccination centre in the Civic Centre's Great Hall which it is hoped will be up and running by early March.
The proposed site, given the green light by NHS decision-makers, will be overseen by the Princess Royal University Hospital once established, and supported by local healthcare professionals and local volunteers.
It's expected that the new facility will deliver a sharp increase in the number of vaccinations being delivered.
Bromley Council Leader, Cllr Colin Smith said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our support to the NHS and to put forward the Civic Centre as an ideal location for the new vaccination centre.
“Being in a central location, with good transport links and excellent parking provision close by, it stood out as the obvious choice locally from the outset.
“To that end, with the nearby multi-storey car park standing largely unused at present as a result of the government’s lock down measures, we are also very pleased to confirm that car parking charges in the multi-storey will be suspended for all NHS staff, any volunteers assisting them at the Civic Centre and residents attending appointments."
Vaccinations for Covid-19 are well underway across the borough in line with the government’s priority groupings. Across the London Boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, NHS South East London CCG has administered approximately 145,000 vaccine doses (as of the 25th January), more than half of the jabs needed to vaccinate the four priority groups.
Dr Ruchira Paranjape talking Gareth Bacon MP through the Orpington's Health & Wellbeing Centre's vaccination process
The NHS is already vaccinating a growing number of over 70s and is on target to deliver vaccinations to all in the top four priority groups by the middle of February. Those groups are:
• Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
• All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
• All those 75 years of age and over
• All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
In the second phase, the fifth to ninth priority groups will be vaccinated by spring. This includes:
• All those 65 years of age and over
• Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
• All those 60 years of age and over
• All those 55 years of age and over
• All those 50 years of age and over
The final phase is a mass vaccination programme which will offer the jab to the rest of the population by autumn.
Orpington residents are asked to be patient. When it is your turn you will be invited by the NHS either by a phone call, text or letter (please be aware of scams).
The NHS is sending letters to Orpington residents in priority groups inviting them to get their jab at the Excel Centre or Epsom mass vaccination sites.
Locally, The Princess Royal University Hospital will be offering and administering the vaccine to people who are or have been under its care.
Primary Care Networks have set up two vaccine centres run by GPs at Orpington Health & Wellbeing Centre and Community House in Bromley. The vaccine will also be offered at appropriate local pharmacy sites, and soon, from the new centre at the Great Hall.