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Pennines vaccination centre to open

19 January 2021

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A sign pointing to the vaccination centre.

Rochdale borough's fourth community vaccination centre opens in Littleborough on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.  

Littleborough Sports Centre on Calderbrook Road will administer coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations to eligible residents which is very welcome news for people living in the Pennines. Eligible patients from the Pennines have been getting appointments at Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre but it now means that vaccinations can start to take place at a location that may be more convenient. The vaccinations centre will operate between 8am and 8pm when vaccinations are taking place but it is strictly an appointment only service.

In line with national policy older people, those with health conditions, housebound residents and people who work in care homes and health care workers are being prioritised to receive their vaccination. We are working hard to make sure everyone gets their vaccination as soon as possible. When it is your turn to receive the vaccine you will be contacted by Rochdale Health Alliance or your GP surgery and invited to go for your appointment at the sports centre on Calderbrook Road. Housebound patients will be contacted to arrange a home visit.

The Pennines site follows on from the opening of the first 3 community sites at the Number One Riverside building in Rochdale town centre, Phoenix centre in Heywood and Middleton Health Centre. Clinically-trained staff will be providing the vaccinations at the sports centre, in a safe environment and all the necessary instructions will be given to patients in the letter or telephone call inviting them to attend. You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine. You cannot just turn up at one of the vaccination service centres.

An elderly patient receiving a vaccination.

Councillor Daalat Ali, the council's cabinet member for public health: "This fourth vaccination site allows our residents to have excellent access to COVID-19 vaccinations. If eligible residents have received a letter from the national NHS inviting them to the tennis centre at the Etihad stadium for a vaccination, they can ignore this letter if they wish and wait to be contacted by the local programme and have it closer to home."  

Local GP Dr Venk Mallya: "It's a momentous day for the Pennines and we are pleased that we can start to vaccinate residents in our community against this virus. Patients will be contacted and invited for vaccination – we would urge them not to contact their GP practice enquiring about vaccinations, as we will contact them. In the meantime we must all continue to follow the rules to protect our families, friends and communities: isolate and get a test at the first sign of any symptoms. Follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance – regularly wash your hands, wear a face covering and stay 2 metres apart from people who are not part of your household."

The vaccination programme is being run by groups of GP's with the support of the Council and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. People will be contacted to confirm their appointment and will be booked in for a second appointment up to 12 weeks later.

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