The biggest vaccination programme in British history will increase its presence in the Peak District this week, as a new vaccination site opens in the picturesque and historic village of Hathersage.
The new site, in Hathersage Memorial Hall, is run by Hathersage Pharmacy and will provide a new option for the people of Derbyshire Dales, alongside the existing GP-led vaccination sites at Newholme Hospital in Bakewell and St Oswald’s Hospital in Ashbourne.
Hathersage Pharmacy is part of the Allied Pharmacy group, which has already set up six other similar sites across England, so has experience in working with local communities to provide this important service.
Ashkan Kheradmandi, who is Clinical Lead and Pharmacist for Hathersage Pharmacy, said the set-up process had gone well, thanks to excellent support from local people.
“We’re already part of this community, so we understand the importance of delivering these vaccines, and the support we’ve had has been great. The hall committee could not have done more to make this work.
“They’ve been heavily involved, helping to check and prepare the site and, crucially, helping us to keep the costs down for this vital community service.”
“The Derbyshire Dales area is already doing very well in terms of rolling out the vaccines through the GP-led sites, and we can provide an extra option as more vaccine becomes available and more people become eligible for a vaccination.”
The Memorial Hall site only takes bookings through the National Booking Service, and people can visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to check whether they are eligible. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. You do not need your NHS number to make a booking.
If you are not yet eligible, please wait to be offered an appointment by your GP or the National Book Service.
Anyone who is now eligible for a second dose of the vaccine should go back to the same site as they received their first dose.