The town centre shopping centre will play a key role in helping to vaccinate eligible residents alongside health and care staff. A large area on the upper level – near to Starbucks – will be used to ensure the jabs can be delivered safely and efficiently by NHS staff and volunteers while also allowing social distancing to be maintained.
The centre is being operated by appointment only. Only people who are eligible* can get a Covid-19 jab:
• people aged 55 and over
• people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
• people who live or work in care homes
health and social care workers
• people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
• people with a learning disability
• people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
People going to an appointment should take their invitation letter or booking reference. Appointments are being staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues building up.
The shopping centre enjoys excellent public transport links and people with an appointment whilst lockdown measures continue, will receive up to one hour of free parking in Centrale’s car park.
Dr Agnelo Fernandes, GP Borough Lead for Croydon, said: “Good transport links, nearby parking and a town centre location make this a great place for our latest vaccination centre – the Centrale team has done us proud.
“Along with other sites across South West London, Centrale will be play its part in giving as many people as possible the Covid-19 jab in the coming weeks and months which will help to bring this virus under control.
“The vaccine is safe, simple and will offer you and those around you crucial protection against Covid-19. However, if you are still unsure about having it talk to your GP or look on NHS.uk for the facts about the vaccine.”
Centrale’s General Manager, Jo Bailey said: “We are delighted to have been working with NHS Croydon on this project. The past year has been an extremely challenging time for so many people, and we’re all looking forward to getting back to some kind of normal.
“The new NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre in Centrale is part of that journey, as we move towards being able to reconnect with family and friends safely once this lockdown ends”.
The Venerable Dr M Rosemarie Mallett, Archdeacon of Croydon, was the first person to be vaccinated at Centrale. She said: “I am so pleased to have seen the Centrale Vaccination Centre in action in the very heart of Croydon.
“Having had my vaccine I hope to show local people how easy it is. I know and understand the worries some people have, and want to do everything I can to support people to feel confident to accept the offer of the vaccine when it’s their turn.
“In the north of the borough we have been able to play our part, as St Paul’s Church in Thornton Heath has hosted a GP led vaccination service. We are really happy to be able to help raise awareness and support the NHS to help us all get the best available protection for ourselves and those around us.”
About the NHS Vaccination Programme
The NHS is inviting everyone aged 55 and over, as well as those who are at higher risk from coronavirus to get their Covid-19 vaccination. Find out more at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine
• People can use the national booking service to reserve a slot at a NHS Vaccination Centre or one of the pharmacy-led services across the country