Another COVID-19 vaccination centre opens in Suffolk as NHS accelerates rollout of life-saving vaccine

May 19, 2021

A Salvation Army church in Suffolk will open its doors as a COVID-19 vaccination centre today (Wednesday 19th May) as the NHS accelerates rollout of the life-saving vaccine to people aged 36 and over.

The centre in Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket will be the 15th large vaccination centre opened by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT). It opens as the NHS sends text messages to people aged 36 and 37 this week inviting them to book an appointment for the vital first dose of protection.

Major James Lloyd, Commander of the Salvation Army in Stowmarket said: “The Church has always been a place for the community and a place of hope and healing. By opening our doors as a vaccination centre we are able to put that into practise in a tangible way and bring the community together for the greater good. The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is an important step in the fight against the virus and we are very proud to be able to play our part.”

People aged 36 and over and other eligible groups can book an appointment at a vaccination centre, pharmacy or GP vaccination site via the national booking service.

Nigel Leonard, Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation at EPUT, who is co-ordinating the vaccination centres across Suffolk and North East Essex and Mid and South Essex, said: “We are delighted to be able to open our fifth large vaccination centre in Suffolk and continue to accelerate our vaccination programme to protect more people across the county.  “A huge thank you to my NHS colleagues and partners, the Salvation Army and everyone involved in getting this centre up and running.”

The NHS is urging people only to come to this vaccination centre if they have a booked appointment and to arrive no more than five minutes before their booking.