Where are the first mass vaccination centres opening up in the Midlands?

Mass coronavirus vaccinations centres are opening up in public buildings across the Midlands.

Derby Arena will be Derbyshire’s largest COVID-19 vaccination site from January 7th.

It’s part of a new wave of site openings in the county, which include the Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross.

Millennium Point Credit: PA

Millennium Point in Birmingham will become one of the first centres to operate in the region, with the NHS set to contact patients to book appointments shortly.

Birmingham City Council say NHS patients attending their vaccination appointments can use the multi-storey car park on nearby Jennens Road for free.

Sites will also be opening shortly in:

  • Babington Hospital, Belper

  • St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne

  • Thornbrook Surgery, Whaley Bridge

So far, vaccinations in Derbyshire have been carried out in care homes or at NHS facilities, such as hospitals and GP surgeries.

As with the vaccination programme in Birmingham, people are being urged not to contact their GP about a vaccine unless asked to do so, and should not attend any vaccination site without an appointment.

Despite the first vaccinations in Derbyshire taking place at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Royal Derby Hospital on December 8th, Dr Robyn Dewis, Director of Public Health at Derby City Council has called for caution in light of growing case numbers nationwide:

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