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5 mass vaccination sites in Kent to close ‘for several weeks’

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Original article from Kent Live

Workers at Kent's mass vaccination centres have been told they will be closing for several weeks from April.

Since opening earlier this year, thousands of coronavirus vaccines have been delivered each week in five large converted buildings across the county.

These include the former Debenhams in Folkestone, The Angel Centre in Tonbridge and the former Saga offices in Thanet.

But it's now understood that all will shut from April 1.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the sites, has been approached for comment.

An email sent to volunteers, seen by KentLive, thanked them for delivering more than 150,000 vaccinations across the five centres.

It said that "due to a national reduction in vaccine supply we will need to close all of our large vaccination centres… for a period of around two to three weeks."

It added that the closure "could continue beyond this date".

The email said: "We will contact everyone when we know more.

"During this time we will focus on our roving model which will provide outreach clinics for people who are hard-to-reach; including the homeless and others who might have trouble accessing our large centres.

"We will also be providing some staff clinics for second doses and we will still need staff for those shifts, if you are booked in for those days then please attend as usual.

"We know how much you are enjoying working at the centres and we really value your contribution to the vaccination programme."

"Please take this opportunity to recharge and refresh (especially if you are juggling two jobs at the moment), as once the vaccine supply is fully restored we will be as busy as ever across our five sites."

The news comes as the latest infection rates show most parts of Kent are now seeing coronavirus cases rising again.

Numbers have doubled in the district of Thanet in the last week.

The roadmap out of lockdown continues however – with pubs opening outdoors among the major changes still pencilled in for April 12.

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