The home of Huddersfield Town and The Giants, The John Smith’s Stadium, has opened its doors to support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations.
The multi-purpose ground is one of 50 large vaccinations centres that have been introduced across the country and the first vaccines were rolled out on Monday 1 February 2021. Health chiefs have said they can treat around 2,000 patients every day.
Large vaccination centres are part of NHS plans to step up capacity and roll out the vaccine more widely, complementing the local vaccination services being provided by groups of GP practices for their patients. They have been located in areas with good public transport links or parking facilities, and in venues that allow flexibility for services to be expanded as required.
People in the nationally agreed priority groups who live 30 to 45 minutes’ drive from any of the open vaccination centres are receiving invitation letters from the NHS national booking service.
Parking will be in the Town Avenue car park and the vaccinations are taking place in the concourse of The Chadwick Lawrence Stand.
Managing Director at The John Smith’s Stadium, Gareth Davies, added:
“We have been working closely with the NHS since November in order to ensure that The John Smith’s Stadium would be part of the local solution to the pandemic. It‘s taken a lot of work, requiring the full support of Huddersfield Town and The Giants, to bring this about.
“The end result is that The Chadwick Lrence Stand today becomes one of the countrie’s large scale vaccination venues, so we should all be very proud of that.”