Morecambe Football club are delighted to be the town’s first vaccination centre as part of the national fight against the COVID-19 virus.
The Mazuma Stadium is providing the facilities where Bay Medical Group will roll out a major programme to vaccinate patients from today, Friday 18th December.
To begin with, 975 patients aged over 80 will this week receive their initial vaccination at the stadium – with second doses booked in for the new year, when the programme will widen to include other age and priority groups.
Dr Andy Maddox, local GP and Clinical Director of Bay Primary Care Network (PCN) in Morecambe said: “We’re really happy to be administering the COVID-19 vaccine here in Morecambe. The uptake from patients over the age of 80 has been great because it gives them hope for a future where they can spend time with their families, who they’ve had to be apart from during the pandemic.
“To deliver this vaccine in a safe and secure environment we’ve been working closely with local partners, including Morecambe Football Club who have been incredibly helpful and we’re very grateful.
“As a GP I am proud to be part of this work to protect our patients against the virus and I would urge the public to come forward when they are called up for the vaccine.”
Co-Chairman Rod Taylor said: “This could be one of the most important initiatives in our lifetime and will hopefully help bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and enable the region to begin to get back to some degree of normality.
“This agreement has come about due to the strong partnership between Morecambe Football Club and Bay Medical Group, a relationship which will further develop and grow by partnering on this vital project.
“As a football club, as have many other businesses, we have been majorly impacted by the pandemic and it’s great to be hosting this service for our town and local community.”
The NHS will let people know when it's their turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.