At this time we are delighted to provide our venue as one of the new large vaccination centres for Somerset, part of a wave of ‘large’ NHS vaccination centres opening across the country. Doors opened on Monday 18 January and it is expected that the large vaccination site will run from the racecourse location seven days a week, 8am – 8pm aside from a small number of planned race meeting days. These one-off days have been planned in advance with the national booking system and scheduled appointments are taking place on all other days as expected. People should continue to attend all pre-booked appointments as planned.
The large vaccination site will be open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm to offer the COVID-19 jab to people across Somerset, supporting the accelerated roll out of the local vaccination programme.
The Racecourse will be providing vaccines for people in the highest priority groups including the over 80s and health and care staff.
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 thirteen GP-led community sites and two hospital hubs already in place”
NHS letters will be sent to local residents from the priority groups who live up to 45 minutes away from the new site. People will be invited to book their jab through the new national booking services by phone, or online. The centre will be an additional option for people to have their COVID-19 jab, but people can also choose to wait to be called by their local GP surgery if they prefer.
The large vaccination site will continue to offer vaccinations to the priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation. It is anticipated that once fully operational the site will be able to deliver around 1500 vaccinations a day.
Bob Young, Managing Director of Taunton Racecourse added “Taunton Racecourse is very pleased to be able to help the NHS by accommodating the vaccine centre”
“We are all immensely grateful and full of admiration for our NHS staff and hope that the people of Taunton and surrounding areas will benefit from a vaccination jab as soon as possible”
People should continue to wait to be contacted by the NHS, either by a letter or phone call – please do not call the race course, or turn up without an appointment.
Healthcare teams are working extremely hard to vaccinate our most vulnerable groups as quickly as possible. Please be patient and the NHS will contact you directly when it is your turn – don’t call your GP surgery or local hospital to ask about your appointment.
People are asked to support the NHS:
- Please don’t contact the NHS or visit any of our sites to ask about your vaccine, we will contact you;
- When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
- And please continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives.
For more information on the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset please visit: https://www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/health/local-services/health-services-during-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccinations-in-somerset/
With over 135 acres available with parking for over 1000 cars and there are services available on site including a number of stands with viewing galleries; toilets, showers and washing facilities, all with hot and cold running water.
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