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King’s Lynn Covid-19 vaccination centre is on the move

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The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Alive Corn Exchange in Lynn closes today and is moving down the road to Shakespeare Barn, off King Street.

The move comes as the venue prepares for presenting entertainment again from September 2.

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which dispenses jabs on behalf of Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said that a mobile vaccination van in the Tuesday Market Place will fill temporarily in from Monday while the Shakespeare Barn is kitted out for its new role.

Guildhall of St George in Lynn. (50427840)
Guildhall of St George in Lynn. (50427840)

The GEAR 10k and the subsequent road closures around the Tuesday Market Place, means there are no vaccinations taking place this weekend.

Mike Passfield, clinical operations director for the trust, said: “As the Corn Exchange opens to the public again, our fantastic vaccination team will continue to deliver jabs to anyone over 16 years of age from the West Norfolk Council’s premises at Shakespeare Barn, St George’s Courtyard on King Street.

“There will be a short interim period during the week commencing Monday, where vaccinations will be delivered from a mobile vaccination bus parked in the Tuesday Market Place car park, whilst installation of equipment and infrastructure is completed in the Barn.

Administering the coronavirus vaccine (50422093)
Administering the coronavirus vaccine (50422093)

"No booked appointments are scheduled next week so this will only affect walk-in patients. Anyone with a booked appointment at the Corn Exchange thereafter should attend Shakespeare Barn.

Administering the coronavirus vaccine (50422093)
Administering the coronavirus vaccine (50422093)

“We’re incredibly grateful to the council and everyone at the Corn Exchange for letting us use their beautiful building whilst it was closed to public events, and for the exceptional support they have provided since our vaccination centre opened on February 1, 2021.”

Cath Byford, chief nurse, Norfolk and Waveney CCG, said: “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid-19.

“Every single vaccination is important and is making a difference. It’s incredibly easy for people to get jabbed now and I’d like to remind everyone that vaccinations are our best chance of getting back to doing the things we enjoy most”.

Due the GEAR 10k, the vaccination centre will not be open this weekend. Anyone with a booked appointment has already been contacted and their appointment was rearranged for the previous weekend.

Shakespeare Barn will continue to deliver booked appointments, and operate as a walk-in venue with no appointment needed, from 9am to 3pm seven days a week; and on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Parking will still to be available at the Tuesday Market Place.

Information on a range of vaccination walk-in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney can be found here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

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