These are all the Covid vaccination centres in Wakefield as new hubs open at supermarket and health clinic

Two new mass vaccination centres have opened in Wakefield city centre, offering Covid jabs to some of the district's most vulnerable residents.

Monday, 25th January 2021, 11:59 am
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 12:02 pm

Just days after a new community pharmacy site launched at Morrisons on Dewsbury Road, NHS England confirmed plans for 30 new vaccination centres to open this morning, including a site at Spectrum Community Healthcare on Navigation Walk, Wakefield.

It is part of a nationwide effort to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society will be protected against the virus by the middle of February.

Two new mass vaccination centres have opened in Wakefield city centre, offering Covid jabs to some of the district's most vulnerable residents. Photo: Joe Giddens/Getty Images
Two new mass vaccination centres have opened in Wakefield city centre, offering Covid jabs to some of the district's most vulnerable residents. Photo: Joe Giddens/Getty Images

More than 139,000 people in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to date.

Across the UK, more than four million people have received the first dose of the jab.

In a statement on its website, Spectrum said: "The local NHS is working to expand the rollout as quickly as supplies become available.

"The first floor of Spectrum Community Healthcare’s Head Office on Navigation Walk, Wakefield is one of the Community Vaccination Centres that people will be invited to book their appointment at.

A community pharmacy site has opened at Morrisons on Dewsbury Road, Wakefield's CCG confirmed. Photo: Google Maps

"We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but you will be invited for a vaccine when it’s your turn so please do not contact your practice, the NHS, or indeed Spectrum, to request an appointment.

"The NHS is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first and people will not be able to make an appointment until they have received their invitation."

Vaccines will continue to be offered at Castleford Civic Centre, King's Medical Practice, Sandal RUFC, Church View Health Centre in South Kirkby and Eastmoor's St Swithun's Community Centre.

And Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper has called for more centres to be opened in the Five Towns, arguing that more local centres would allow vaccinations to be done "as fast as possible".

NHS England confirmed plans for 30 new vaccination centres to open this morning, including a site at Spectrum Community Healthcare on Navigation Walk, Wakefield. Photo: Google Maps

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am grateful to all the NHS staff, volunteers and our armed forces for their continued tireless work to offer lifesaving vaccines to the most vulnerable people in our society.

“I urge every eligible person to book your jab when you get invited. By opening up more vaccination sites we are making it easier for people to get their vaccine.

“Vaccines are the most effective way to protect yourself but a jab doesn’t mean you can drop your guard. It takes time to develop protection and we do not yet know if it stops transmission.

"For now everyone must continue to play their vital role in this fight by staying at home to save lives.”