New COVID Vaccination Centre to Open at Westfield Stratford City

A new COVID Vaccination Centre is to open in Westfield Stratford City this week. It will be one of hundreds of nationwide centres set up to deliver the COVID vaccination programme. 

The vaccination centre has been set up by East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) who will run the Westfield vaccination programme.

Dr Paul Gilluley, ELFT’s Chief Medical Officer, has led on the project. He said, “It has been a mammoth project to get the Westfield COVID Vaccination Centre up and running in a matter of weeks but staff at ELFT have really come together to make it a success. Everyone is proud to have been able to play their part in providing a central point for the public to get the COVID vaccine. It is another step along the way to protecting people from the virus and helping our local communities to get back on their feet.

Attendance will be by appointment only and the centre will be open from 8.00am – 8.00pm seven days a week. People will be contacted to attend according to the Government’s priority list –see here

Dr Gilluley goes on to say: “I urge everyone to get the vaccine – when they are called. But we need to remember that we can still spread coronavirus even when vaccinated so we still need to wear masks or face coverings, wash our hands regularly throughout the day and keep 2m away from one another.”

When fully operational, the vaccination centre will be able to provide thousands of vaccination a day.

The Westfield Vaccination Centre will be administering the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine. This needs to be administered in two doses between four and 12 weeks apart, requiring two visits. Each visit will take approximately 20 minutes per person.

The unit has been fitted out with an assessment area, six vaccination pods, (this might increase according to demand) a pharmacy area, a sluice area and a staff rest area. 

The project has involved ELFT’s estates team, pharmacy team, people and culture team, IT team, nurse trainers, medical staff, administrators, communication team and many others. ELFT is an Anchor Trust so tries to work with local trades providers and local businesses to keep the benefits of any investment in the pockets of local people to stimulate local employment and prosperity.

ELFT have been using the vaccination centre for the two preceding weeks to vaccinate their staff, and to test procedures and processes prior to opening to the public. 

Scott Parsons, UK chief operating officer Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said: “Westfield Stratford City is delighted to be able to donate space to the NHS to create a large scale vaccination centre in the heart of Newham. The service will be a huge benefit to our local community which has been particularly hard hit by the current crisis. I’m very proud of our onsite team who has worked hard to support the delivery of the centre which launches to the public on Monday following two weeks of operation for NHS staff. This follows the successful collaboration we have had with the NHS on the Plasma Donor Centre at Stratford as well as the Hammersmith & Fulham Rapid Flow Testing Centre at Westfield London and we are very happy to assist with the rollout of the vaccination programme.”