IT has been fantastic to have the opportunity to visit the Askham Bar vaccination site to see the incredibly efficient operation that has been set up in such a short space of time.
In the hour I toured the site, I quickly lost count of the amount of people moving through the centre having been vaccinated.
I was particularly impressed with how many different organisations have come together to help operate the centre, with NHS staff being joined by Armed Forces personnel, St John’s Ambulance volunteers, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue crew, newly qualified dentists as well as local residents.
This exemplifies our city’s approach to the pandemic, and I hope our experiences of pulling together to overcome the adversities we have faced can continue into the future.
I discussed with Prof Mike Holmes the potential for using the Askham Bar site in a manner that honours the legacy of the excellent vaccine rollout and ensures the area continues to be used for the public good. I look forward to continuing these conversations in a few months when the end of our country’s biggest ever inoculation programme is within sight.
My overall takeaway from my visit is that if you are invited for a vaccine, you are in very good hands and all is being done to ensure you have as good an experience as possible.
So, if you receive a text from your GP or a letter from the NHS, do not delay in booking your appointment. and protect yourself and others around you.
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