The East of England Arena to be used as a vaccination centre.

Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is coordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “We are delighted to be launching an additional large vaccination centre in Cambridge; joining the centres already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination. Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks, including at the East of England Arena and Events Center in the near future.

“The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines a week and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible. We know adverse weather is being forecast for the East of England this week. Currently our plans are to open all our vaccination centres. Please plan your journey carefully and wrap up warmly. If the situation deteriorates and we have to temporarily close a vaccination centre, we will share this news via the media, our social media channels, and we will contact everyone with a booked appointment where we have their phone or email details. Please don’t take unnecessary risks – if you’re not able to attend, you will be able to rebook for another date.”

“If people would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service, they are able to do so, or if they already have an appointment booked for their vaccination with a hospital or GP service they can choose to keep the appointment with their hospital or GP. Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added: NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care.

“Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment. Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues. It is vital that you do not attend the vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination. I urge people across Cambridgeshire to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”