Covid vaccination hub for east Kent health and social care staff due to open

Covid vaccine (Image iStock/MarsBars)

A covid vaccination hub will open at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury, on Monday (January 18).

The hub will be administered by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and vaccinations will be delivered to staff and volunteers working within the local Health and Social Care sector across east Kent.

People will be invited by the NHS to attend appointments in line with the priorities established by Government.

Kent Cricket CEO, Simon Storey said: “At a time of national crisis, we are proud to be able to support the roll-out of the vaccination process at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury.

“Our team has been working hard for several weeks now and we have had tremendous support from our partners: NHS Trusts, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and Sodexo.

“There is a huge amount of work ahead for everyone involved in the vaccination programme – and at the same time, we need to continue our preparations for the cricket season.

“Whilst this will be challenging, we have a number of large spaces available that allow vaccinations to be safely administered and we have robust COVID-19 protocols in place.

“Kent Cricket has a part to play in many aspects of life in the County and it is good that we can use our facilities to help the huge public health effort to protect as many in our community as we can, as quickly as possible.”

Of the 42 primary care networks in Kent and Medway:

  • 30 have sites that have already started
  • nine are starting by the end of this week 11-17 January
  • two are starting by the end of next week 18-24 January

The final area where plans are being confirmed is for three practices in the Medway Peninsula Primary Care Network.

The GP sites providing Covid-19 vaccinations in Thanet


  1. I hope this doesn’t mean that health staff from Thanet have to drive to Canterbury to have their vaccinations. All NHS staff are under incredible pressure at this time with so many already much longer hours that it would be unfair and wrong to make them have to travel to and from Canterbury to have their vaccinations. Surely there are sufficient places in Thanet where they could be vaccinated. The St Peters Community Hall where I have taken my mother seems to be an excellent venue – quite central and with good parking.

    • And what about those people who don’t drive? It cost me £28.00 once by taxi to get to the Kent & Canterbury, and two busses back!

      • If you were told that you’d won a lottery cheque for £1,000,000, but you had to pick it up in person from Canterbury …

        • I never gamble Phyllis so I would not win the lottery! But whats wrong with my GP Surgery, I had my ‘Flu jab there along with many others, and we all kept our Social Distance!

  2. i am sorry ijust think it’s funny the government have hospitals that are clean and safe so why do the NHS staff have to go to a Cricket ground which is not clean just to get a jab
    i am saying this is just for the NHS staff only do there jab’s at work you only one room
    i think if MP’s had a brain they would have done it by now

  3. This is a new, extra, additional facility. It doesn’t mean that the existing ones will close. It doesn’t mean that no other new ones will be opened.
    Let’s be positive. There’s a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
    As Phyllis said, you’d travel plenty far enough for a million pound cheque. What price a life saving vaccination?

  4. Well its a start, its not local but its a start.
    Mass vaccination sites are volunteered to the appropriate local health provider under an agreement (license) including fiance. Many sites have been turned down as they do not meet protocols.
    Health Staff will be directed by their employer. General public (not staff) when selected may find it difficult to visit a mass vaccination site, there will be guidelines already in place which could delay your jab until you can be fitted in a local GP led system.

    We need to be patient and not become an inpatient.

    Thank you to all the frontline health workers,

  5. You should do your own research as this is an experimental vaccine. Bloomberg picked up on this news from Norway: “”For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences…..”For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.” the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said.”

    • “Despite the deaths, health officials have not expressed concern but instead plan to adjust their guidance on who should receive the vaccine.”
      Let’s keep a sense of perspective, shall we?
      It’s your right not to have the vaccine,,should it be offered to you. I hope you have the moral courage to decline NHS treatment should you subsequently become ill.
      I don’t think you have a right to peddle disinformation and misinformation about Coronavirus and vaccines. Your ill-tempered words will result in harm.

    • You should do your own research, Mr Democrat.
      This us what the BMJ says”
      “It may be a coincidence, but we aren’t sure,” Steinar Madsen, medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA), told The BMJ. “There is no certain connection between these deaths and the vaccine.”
      So why the scaremongering?
      What are you afraid of?

  6. Presumably, NHS bureaucracy will lay on transport from Thanet to the centre for those who do not have the use of a car and cannot afford a taxi. Or alternatively, give details of public transport such as trains and buses?

    • Because, presumably, NHS staff are incapable of using the National Rail or Stagecoach apps, or Google maps?
      What ridiculous comments!
      Here we have a life saving vaccine which is being rolled out all over the country in a matter of days.
      New venues from high st pharmacies to supermarkets and sports pavilions are coming on line daily.
      This country was the first in the world to begin vaccinations, and one of the best in terms of vaccines rolled out.
      I don’t usually use the expression “snowflake”, but really! Almost anywhere else in the world you’d be worse off. Be thankful, not critical.

      • I have studied your reply. I find it difficult to grasp the point that you are seeking to make. Be that as it may, you have chosen to use the words “ridiculous” and “snowflake”. This is antagonistic which indicates to me that you are piqued by something that I said. May I say that personally, I am more than cable of finding my own way to Canterbury. I was speaking for those others, many of them over 80 who will need advice and guidance.

        You should know that the NHS is not the new religion and to criticise it is not heresy. I do not criticise the clinical staff in any way. My bone of contention is with the NHS civilian management. Which in my experience frequently falls short of the mark.

        Finally do not be condescending towards me nor presume to lecture or patronise me. Unless of course doing so gives you pleasure in which case help yourself.

        • John Holyer. You’re a fine one to talk about people being antagonistic, condescending or patronising! I have read many very unpleasant comments by you on a local resident’s blog -including making insinuations of corruption against people whose opinions are not the same as yours.

          • Marva Rees, Perhaps you are able to give me examples to support your accusations against me? I cannot recall any that fit your description. Did you reply to me at the time? I do not recall your name.

        • This vaccination hub is for NHS and social care workers, so doubt there are many over 80s who will need to travel to Canterbury in this group.

    • Not at all happy I had covid in January 13th booked my jab 29 days later. And it got counciled and bought forward. Which was stupid because when I went to the cricket ground they said no to me having the jab because one day out of the 29 days when I explained that the NHS bought it forward they said yes someone else had the same problem wasted journey they then booked it for me for the 15th Monday coming I get home look at me phone and that gets counciled I then book again for Tuesday that gets counciled total mess am now pissed off iv now booked for 22nd which will probably get counciled not explanation why. Why have the slots if hour later the NHS counciling it now speaking local mp had enough

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