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Guildford entertainment venue transforms into coronavirus vaccination hub – Surrey Live

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/guildford-entertainment-venue-transforms-coronavirus-19610830

An entertainment venue in Surrey has been transformed into a coronavirus vaccination station.

Vaccinations at G Live in Guildford started on Tuesday (January 12) for vulnerable patients of local GP practices.

According to Guildford Borough Council, in March it is hoped more than 8,500 people per week will be vaccinated at G Live as part of the country’s mass vaccination programme. It is one among numerous other vaccination services being set up in Surrey.

Derek Aldridge, G Live venue director, has described how he was “heartened” to play a “small part of the solution” to Covid-19.

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He said: “We’re very pleased to be able to support the rollout of the vaccinations in this way. Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the whole country, including in Guildford. This important work is vital to the recovery of our community.”

Adding G Live to the list of vaccination hubs already operating in Surrey will allow GP networks to vaccinate even more people, at scale, thanks to its large venue size.

NHS staff will be giving the vaccine to those contacted to schedule an appointment as part of the early-stage rollout of the vaccination programme, which hopes to vaccinate all UK residents aged over 70 by mid-February.

G Live is the second borough-owned building to play its part in the pandemic after Spectrum Leisure Centre re-opened as a distribution centre for providing food and medicine to Surrey’s vulnerable communities during the first lockdown.

Guildford Borough Council leader, Joss Bigmore, added: “This is fantastic news and gives us more light at the end of the tunnel. I am proud that Guildford is again able to play a major role in helping the whole county, and G Live is once more at the heart of our community after being closed for much of the last 10 months.

“Thank you to HQ Theatre Group and venue staff for supporting this and working hard to prepare. We must continue to stay at home, but the mass vaccination programme gives us hope, and this first phase will allow us to immunise more of our most vulnerable residents as we work towards the lifting of lockdown restrictions.”