Last Updated: 01 Feb 2021 10:36am
The Angel Centre, in Tonbridge, is set to be transformed into a life-saving vaccination centre, offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the most vulnerable people in our communities. The leisure centre, which has been temporarily closed following lockdown restrictions, is due to open for vaccinations during the second week of February.
The Tonbridge site will be open to members of the public who receive a letter from the NHS inviting them to book. People aged over 70 and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable will be invited first. Nobody needs to contact the NHS, as people will be invited when it is their turn.
Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said: ‘Large-scale COVID-19 vaccination centres will mean we all get our vaccine as quickly as possible. I am delighted the Angel Centre in Tonbridge, has been chosen as the west Kent vaccination centre and Tonbridge and Malling Leisure Trust has allowed the facility to be used. It provides the perfect, central location for us to have our vaccine and help defeat the virus.
‘This would not have been possible without Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council promoting the site. I am deeply grateful to the significant efforts of Leader Nicolas Heslop and all staff for their help in securing this for our community. I look forward to vaccinations starting soon.’
Cllr Nicolas Heslop, Leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, said: ‘I’m sure residents across west Kent will join me in thanking the NHS for creating this vital facility in our borough and for working with council colleagues and our leisure trust partners to get it up and running so soon.
‘It’s a huge comfort to know that every jab provided at the Angel Centre will help save lives, protect our community and bring the pandemic under control.’
The new large-scale vaccine centres will each be capable of delivering thousands of vaccinations each week, scaling their operations up and down according to vaccine supplies. People who book into a vaccine centre will receive a pre-vaccination assessment before they receive their vaccine. Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues. Anyone having the vaccine will need to wait for 15 minutes before driving.
See a full list of sites already up and running.