A Derbyshire leisure centre is being repurposed and is becoming a vaccination site for the new Covid-19 vaccine.
Prior to the vaccination site opening in Clay Cross, over 25 of the leisure centre staff from North East Derbyshire District Council took part in a test vaccination trial.
It was aimed at understanding the logistics of mass testing and how to safely allow a flow of people in the sites when up and running.
Its first appointments were on January 8, 2020.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Councillor Alex Dale said, “I am incredibly proud of the way in which we have supported our residents and businesses in their times of need.
“This latest feat to turn around our leisure centre, in such a short space of time, to be one of the first vaccination sites converted from a public building has been nothing short of miraculous.
“Using Sharley Park Leisure Centre as a vaccination site is a fantastic way to make sure the people of our district and county are able to access this vital vaccine.
“But while this is an incredibly exciting opportunity to end this pandemic, I must stress, while the roll out is happening, we must do all we can now to keep our distance, wash our hands, wear face coverings when out and protect our NHS and save lives.”
Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said: “Ensuring the people of Derbyshire are vaccinated as soon as possible is one of the most important steps in helping us beat this awful virus. The opening of Sharley Park is a key milestone in this battle.
“Many of our care home residents and frontline staff have already been vaccinated and Sharley Park and other mass vaccination centres coming online across the county will help speed up the rollout of this vital programme.”
Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is managing the rollout of the vaccine across the County and people should not contact their GP about a vaccination unless asked to do so, and should not attend any vaccination site without an appointment.