Bath & West confirmed as COVID Vaccination centre
It was probably the worst kept secret in Somerset. Bizarrely as recently as last Wednesday we were officially told we could not officially know. But now we can officially know that the Bath & West showground will open as a large scale vaccination site. This is the second in Somerset after the Taunton racecourse site.
Timely too, for over the weekend the Taunton site was closed for vaccinations on Saturday. Why? The deal under which it was provided insisted that horse racing be allowed to continue. So as a meet had been planned for Saturday, the vaccination centre had to be closed. Several Leveller readers wrote to us to suggest this was a strange priority during a national emergency.
Moving back to more positive territory, the Bath & West will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm. Final preparations are taking place on site as we write this. The first people will arrive to get their jab this week. The vaccination site has been set up within the Showerings Pavilion. It is hoped that once fully operational, teams will be able to vaccinate around 1300 people a day. This will be done through four vaccination ‘pods’.
The new large vaccination site will offer vaccinations to priority groups. For now these include the over 80s and frontline health and care staff.
Over the next few days local residents will be contacted by the NHS. initially this will be priority groups who live up to 45 minutes away from the new site. People will be invited to book their jab through a new national booking service. The centre will be an additional option for people to have their COVID-19 jab.
However people can also choose to wait to be called by their local GP surgery if they prefer. An priority groups will continue to be called by their GP. The message as before is very much “don’t call us we’ll call you”.