Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University opens new drive-thru mass vaccination centre
Pictures have emerged of the first people queuing up in cars to access the new drive-thru vaccination centre at Queen Margaret University.
The new vaccination hub, which opened its doors today (February 10th 2021), is the first of its kind in the Lothians region and is capable of vaccinating approximately 720 people per day at 12 stations.
It’s been a great week for NHS Lothian in terms of their vaccination uptake, the Health Board have now given out 100,000 covid jabs, and are keeping all of their vaccination centres going despite recent treacherous weather conditions, telling Edinburgh Live that people ‘should still show up to their appointments.’
The QMU centre is one of three mass vaccination venues to recently open up in the Lothians – including Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Royal Highland Centre.
Colin Briggs, Director of Strategic Planning, NHS Lothian, said: “The opening of our third mass vaccination centre and our only drive through is a significant moment for NHS Lothian and for East Lothian.
“A lot of planning has gone into the preparation of the QMU site to ensure that the venue runs as smoothly as possible. It has taken a lot of work, in a short time to get us to this point and I’m really proud of all of the work and effort from all of our teams.
“We have now vaccinated the vast majority of our first priority groups, including frontline health and social care staff; care home staff and residents and people over the age of 80.”
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Mr Briggs added: “We have reached a major milestone this week in the programme, with over 100,000 people vaccinated across Lothian, along with thousands more expected in the coming weeks.
“It is due to the hard work undertaken by our staff and partners that this has been achieved and we thank them for their efforts.
“Our message has been clear from the start – if we wish our lives to return to normal we need to vaccinate as many people as possible. This will help save lives and provide protection to all our communities.
“When you do receive an appointment, we really would urge you to keep it, even if it is at a centre which is not closest to your home. We need to move fast to provide protection to as many people as possible and the easiest way to do that is for people to keep their original appointment where possible.”
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