Berkshire news Berkshire church lends their space to GP to aid in vaccine rollout MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! A Salvation Army church near Reading have given up their space to a neighbouring GP practice to assist with the vaccine rollout. The church and charity’s officers based at the centre in Lower Earley were moved to temporarily offer the site for use by the GP practice due to their work with vulnerable people in the community. The vaccine rollout has sped up in recent days as the Government turns stadiums and venues into Covid Vaccination Centres, including Newbury Racecourse. Earlier this week it was announced that 2 million people in the UK had received the coronavirus vaccine so far. The rollout comes as England continues to see an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus, amid the rapidly-spreading new variant. The church hall is suitable for the vaccination programme because it allows plenty of space for social distancing alongside accommodating a one-way system for patients to help with COVID-security. The vaccinations will usually be held Monday – Friday at The Salvation Army building between 8:30am-8pm, and on Saturdays, at the Chalfont surgery. The church has been set up to keep people socially distant whilst they receive the vaccine (Image: Salvation Army) People in Lower Earley started receiving their covid-19 vaccine in the church from January 6, but you must be invited to attend by the NHS before you can show up.
. “Chalfont surgery had been praying for a suitable space for running the operation safely and we were more than happy to help. We help vulnerable people all year round, some of which will be among the first groups to be offered the vaccinations.
“It’s only right that we offer our building which we have been blessed with to help in the fight against this deadly disease that has caused so much loss and devastation in our communities this past year”. The church building will be used for the foreseeable future as a vaccination clinic. The church moved its regular worship services online last year and the church leaders will also offer pastoral support to the GP surgery staff, volunteers and members of the public who may wish to talk about their emotional or spiritual well-being.
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Roger added: “This is very much a partnership between The Salvation Army, the GP practice and the local council who are providing volunteers for the operation”.
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