Largest vaccination centre winds down as volunteers are thanked for making it happen

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Staffordshire’s largest vaccination centre closed its doors yesterday after over six months and almost 100,000 life-saving jabs.

The County Showground site has been home to an army of clinicians and volunteers who have given protection to people from across the Stafford area.

It has closed because the Showground will soon restart events and because capacity exists at two other sites in the town.

Steve Powell of GP First, the GP Federation that has run the site said: “I want to say a huge thank you to the large number of people who have been part of the vaccination programme for the last seven months, with over 180 volunteers coming forward.

“There is still a long way to go with the vaccination programme and there are still thousands of people in the Stafford area that need to get vaccinated. I’d urge them to book their vaccinations now.”

Nurse, Elizabeth Malpass, who has volunteered as a vaccinator in her spare time talks about the volunteer effort

Dr Paddy Hannigan, the Clinical Lead for the vaccination programme in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is a GP in Stafford and vaccinated some of the first patients when the centre opened on December 16, protecting people aged 80+.

He said: “We are now vaccinating teenagers and people in their early 20s which is wonderful to see. The comradery at the County Showground has been incredible to be part of.

“We owe a huge debt of thanks to the Staffordshire Agricultural Society for the use the Showground. I would also like to thank Steve Powell  Jane Chapman from GP First and every staff member who has helped this happen.

"While this vaccination facility is being stood down there is still a huge programme of vaccinations underway and we shall keep going until no-one is left behind.”

People can book an appointment through the national booking system online or by calling 119.