New Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to begin local roll-out from Hale hub

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A vaccination hub for the new Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 injection is to open in Hale this week.

The new hub will open at St Peter’s Assembly Rooms on Cecil Road on Thursday.

The rollout of the new vaccine – seen as a game-changer in eventually allowing coronavirus restrictions to be eased in the UK – began today after receiving official approval from the regulator last week.

Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, the first to get the jab at Churchill hospital in Oxford, and the government is hoping to deliver tens of millions of doses within months.

Patients will be invited to the new Hale village hub by their GP practice and will be given timed slots for arrival.

Only those patients who have been requested to attend can be seen at the clinic. Patients registered with other practices will be contacted in turn by their own GPs. Vaccination is strictly by priority category – do not contact the surgery before you are invited to attend for the jab.

Volunteer marshalls will be on hand to supervise car parking at the Assembly Rooms and to direct patients arriving at the clinic.

The hub is seeking volunteer marshalls to help with the smooth running of the vaccination programme, email John Moss at mossjh9@gmail.com.

It is the second vaccine to be rolled out in the UK, after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine began rolling out on December 8th. Those vaccinations are currently being given at the Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre.

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