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Selby's Summit Indoor Adventure centre to open as a COVID-19 vaccination hub

Up to 5,000 vaccines a week will be given to vulnerable residents from the Selby area from early next month when the Summit Indoor Adventure Centre opens as a COVID-19 vaccination hub.

image of building 2The children’s play centre has been closed since March due to coronavirus restrictions, but work has now started to remove the indoor skate park to allow vaccinations to begin from the new site next week.

The initial capacity will be to give up to 5,000 vaccines per week, with the flexibility to increase to 7,000 as local NHS staff work through the priority groups, depending on supply. The site will serve about 50,000 residents from the Selby Town Primary Care Network area. Selby Town Primary Care Network is a group of neighbouring GP surgeries working together to improve health and social care services - Escrick Surgery,Beech Tree Surgery, Posterngate Surgery and Scott Road Medical Centre.

The Selby Town vaccine hub has so far been run from Posterngate Surgery since before Christmas. People served by GP practices in other parts of Selby district (Sherburn Group Practice, South Milford Surgery and Tadcaster Medical Centre) will continue to be served by the vaccination hub at Tadcaster Health Centre, next to Tadcaster Medical Centre.

Dr Nicholas Jackson, Clinical Director of Selby Town Primary Care Network, said: “We’ve been making great progress since before Christmas vaccinating people in Selby against COVID-19, focusing on the highest-priority groups including the over-80s plus staff and residents in care homes.

“The opening of this new site is great news for the area. It will give us much greater scope to vaccinate more people sooner in the coming weeks as we start to move through the priority groups and protect our communities against this virus.

“We will continue to be offering the vaccination in Selby in line with the national guidance and encourage anyone who is invited to take up the offer comes forward – however, we are asking people to be patient. We will contact you and make the appointment when the time is right.

“The ongoing rollout of the vaccination programme is good news, but we should all remember to stick to lockdown restrictions and continue to wear masks, wash our hands and maintain social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Leader of Selby District Council Cllr Mark Crane said: “From February, the Summit Indoor Adventure venue will close and be used as a NHS mass vaccination centre for priority groups, health and care staff. The large site is capable of delivering thousands of life-saving jabs each week.

"The venue is convenient for many of our residents and offers ample parking for people who have been invited to receive the jab. Using the venue in this way is an important way we can support the national response to the pandemic.” 

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