125k Vaccinations Delivered at BCLM Vaccination Centre
NHS leaders have thanked the staff and volunteers who have made COVID-19 vaccinations possible at the Black Country Living Museum, as the vaccination centre closes its doors.
The Black Country Living Museum, which was the area’s first large vaccination site to open, has been instrumental in the vaccine rollout, delivering over 125,000 doses since opening in January.
As a well-known landmark close to good transport links, the vaccination site opened its doors earlier this year as part of a roll-out of large-scale vaccination centres across the country. Since then, the popular centre has been administering first and second jabs to the local community, with final jabs administered on Sunday 27 June.
The focus is now moving to sites which offer maximum flexibility and convenience for people, including pop-up clinics and mobile units.
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group and local vaccination programme lead, said: “Having the Black Country Living Museum come on board early as our first large vaccination centre has played a huge part in the success of the vaccine rollout across the region, with a remarkable 125,000 jabs delivered to date.
“There’s no doubt that the opening of the site gave us the capability to administer thousands more jabs to local people that wouldn’t have been possible before. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have spent the last six months working tirelessly to ensure as many people as possible are protected against the virus.
“People will still be able to book their first or second dose at one of our other local vaccination centres or pharmacies. Our drive to get as many people as possible vaccinated still very much continues, and I’d strongly urge anyone who hasn’t had their first dose yet to please come forward.”
Anyone who has had their first dose at the Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) will be able to get their second dose at an alternative vaccination service.
Andrew Lovett, Chief Executive of BCLM, said: “Hosting the vaccination centre is one of our most important achievements to date. BCLM is more than a museum – we’re at the heart of our community, and as such we are honoured to have been able support the NHS in delivering tens of thousands of vaccinations so vital to protecting public health. All NHS staff, volunteers, and BCLM colleagues involved in running the vaccination Centre should be extremely proud of the contribution they’ve made to combatting the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives.”
All adults aged 18 and over are now eligible to receive their first dose, whilst people aged 40 and over who had their first dose of the vaccine over eight weeks ago should now receive their second dose.
You can find the full list of vaccination sites available across the Black Country and West Birmingham here.