The St Nicholas Shopping Centre in Sutton has been unveiled as south west London’s latest NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre.
It follows the opening of a vaccination centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton on Monday and others last week at Battersea Arts Centre and Croydon’s Centrale Shopping Centre as the programme continues to expand in south west London.
NHS staff and volunteers have taken over a space on the ground floor which has been adapted to allow vaccinations to be given safely and efficiently while also allowing social distancing to be maintained.
The centre will operate by appointment only. People with appointments are asked to not arrive too soon before their booked slot to ensure queues can be kept to a minimum.
Dr Dino Pardhanani, GP Borough Lead for Sutton, said: “The St Nicholas Shopping Centre is in the heart of the town centre and enjoys good transport links – making it an ideal location for our latest vaccination centre – so we’d like to say a big thank you to the team there for helping us get it up and running.
“In the coming weeks and months, the shopping centre will be used to help us vaccinate as many people as possible, which will offer us realistic hope of a way out of this pandemic.
“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, simple and effective, providing us with the most effective way of bringing COVID-19 under control. However, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to your GP or visit NHS.uk for the facts about the vaccine.”
Gavin Waller, Centre Director at the St Nicholas Shopping Centre said: “We are really pleased to have worked with NHS Sutton on this project. The past year has been an extremely challenging time for so many people, and we’re all looking forward to getting back to some kind of normal.
“We are delighted to have the new NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre in the St Nicholas Shopping Centre and to be able to help the NHS with the vaccination programme, as we move towards being able to reconnect with family and friends safely once this lockdown ends.”
The site can be accessed at two main doors at either end of the centre with both entrances being suitable for wheelchairs. It can also be reached from the St Nicholas car park which has a walkway across the main road with direct access to the first floor of the centre. Lifts are also available.
The order of priority for the programme has been set nationally by the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI).
Once invited for their appointment to have the vaccine, people must make sure they turn up for both the first and second dose. This will mean they receive the fullest possible protection against COVID-19.
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About the NHS Vaccination Programme
- Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination programme at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine
- People can use the national booking service to reserve a slot at a NHS Vaccination Centre or one of the pharmacy-led services across the country
About the St Nicholas Shopping Centre
- Built in 1992, and located in Sutton town centre, the St. Nicholas Centre is a 391,500-sq. ft., three level Shopping Centre anchored by major retailers Primark, Debenhams and a 20,000-sq ft Next. Other national multiples located in the Centre include Pandora, Sports Direct, Robert Dyas and New Look.
- The Centre is also supported by a leisure offering, including a 6-screen cinema, Street Food and Esquires Coffee and benefits from a 750-space car park