Ripon Racecourse vaccine centre closes after giving 27,000 jabs


Jul 23, 2021
A plaque that thanked staff was presented to the racecourse yesterday

The covid vaccine site at Ripon Racecourse closed yesterday after staff and volunteers gave more than 27,000 jabs in almost six months.

It was led by the Yorkshire Health Network, which presented a plaque that thanked staff from the racecourse.

The centre had been set up in the Wakeman Bar, where race punters normally celebrate winners or commiserate over losses.

Yesterday’s baking hot sunshine was a sharp contrast to when the site opened on a snowy February afternoon.

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The closure in Ripon means the former Lidl in Knaresborough and Memorial Hall in Pateley Bridge are now the only permanent covid vaccine sites still open in the Harrogate district, after the Great Yorkshire Showground site closed last month.

Both sites will be offering walk-in vaccines without the need for an appointment tomorrow.

First and second doses of the Pfizer jab will be available at Pateley Bridge from 8am to 5.30pm.

The Knaresborough site on York Road will be offering first and second doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from 9am to 1pm.

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