Elland Roads Covid-19 vaccination centre to officially open – Leeds Live

The Leeds Vaccination Centre at Elland Road is set to open in February.

The Leeds United ground is currently helping to vaccinate frontline health and care workers before it officially opens next month.

Leeds United became the first Premier League club to volunteer their facilities to help with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Work is already well underway on Leeds‘ Centenary Pavillion to transform it into vaccine hub.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been given the go-ahead to use the facilities before the centre opens to help vaccinate NHS and care workers as quickly as possible.

In addition to NHS and social care staff, this includes dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, funeral directors and private health and care providers across the city, as set out in the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

Dr Phil Wood, senior responsible officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme said: “We are working hard to vaccinate at-risk groups in West Yorkshire as quickly as possible, beginning with people aged 80 and over, and care home residents and workers.

“Frontline staff and patient-facing workers are also one of the highest priority groups and using the site at Elland Road before it opens to the public will help us to reach more health and care workers across Leeds.

“We are looking at ways to provide more staff vaccinations across West Yorkshire and are in the process of contacting all frontline workers who qualify for vaccination to make appointments.

The vaccination centre at Elland Road

“This will take some time to work through so we are asking people to be patient and wait to be contacted, rather than contacting the NHS.”

All vaccinations are by appointment only.

Eligible health and care workers in West Yorkshire will be contacted in the next few weeks to attend a vaccination slot. In Leeds, this will be at either Elland Road or Thackray Medical Museum.

The Pavilion is capable of hosting 2,800 people and is seen as an ideal location for vaccinations in the north of England, given its location and size.

Liverpool has also offered Anfield as a potential venue, the report states.

Aston Villa became the latest Premier League club to shut their training ground after a COVID-19 outbreak, following on from Newcastle United in the top-flight.

Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday were also forced to shut their facilities earlier in the week, with several FA Cup third-round fixtures in danger of being postponed this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur have also offer up their brand-new stadium to help the NHS as a potential hub.

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