TAUNTON Racecourse becomes one of England’s ten new mass Covid vaccination centres this morning (Monday).
The Government is relying on the new centres to meet its target of offering 15 million people in the UK a dose by February 15.
The site will be open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm, to make sure the programme stays on track.
The over 80s, health and care staff, and other priority groups will be inoculated first but once fully operational, the site will be able to deliver around 900 vaccinations a day.
Alison Wootton, Joint Senior Responsible Officer for the Somerset COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, said “This is a really exciting development in our local fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are really pleased to use the racecourse setting in addition to the 13 GP-led community sites and two hospital hubs already in place.
“We know that many people have been eagerly awaiting the news of any additional large scale vaccination centres and we’re confident that this large-scale site will rapidly increase the number of people that can be vaccinated quickly and safely across Somerset”
She added: “We are very grateful for the phenomenal support of all our health and care colleagues for their enthusiasm and dedication in the roll out of our vaccination services across Somerset, and to the hundreds of volunteers who have offered their time to support the smooth running of our new vaccination centre and our GP led community sites.”