Knaresborough vaccine site moves to offer 1,500 jabs a day
Sep 14, 2021
Chain Lane Community Hub
Chain Lane Community Hub

The Knaresborough vaccine clinic is moving to larger premises in the town to provide both covid vaccine boosters and flu jabs.

The clinic will relocate to Chain Lane Community Hub from September 27 where it hopes to offer up to 1,500 vaccinations a day.

It will administer first and second doses of the covid vaccine to anyone over 16, plus covid booster jabs and flu jabs.

The current site, at the former Lidl, has been in use since February but with winter approaching Homecare Pharmacy Services, which runs the clinics, wanted a larger space where people could wait indoors.

The new site will be operated in collaboration with Chain Lane Community Hub and Knaresborough Connectors.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which advises UK health departments on immunisation, today recommended over-50s be given booster jabs.

Jason Baskind, managing director of Homecare Pharmacy Services, said:

“We knew we needed a larger site with space for older people to wait indoors. The Lidl site has been great but we felt for the winter, outdoor observation wasn’t suitable.”

Mr Baskind added the company was waiting to hear whether flu vaccines and boosters could be offered at the same time or if there needed to be a gap.

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The vaccine centre will take over two rooms at the Chain Lane Community Hub.

Sue Vasey, from Chain Lane Community Hub, said:

“In these difficult times we wanted to ensure that the hub played as active a role as possible in responding to the needs of the local community, and our ability to provide this service for Knaresborough, in spacious and accessible surroundings with ample parking felt an important thing to do.

“This does not mean Chain Lane will be closed to community use though. Derwent Room will continue to host the wide range of valued activities”

The site will continue to offer all Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca and Moderna vaccines.

There are only two vaccine centres remaining in the district; Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge.

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