Your local NHS has planned extensively to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history, providing three different delivery routes for the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Hospital Hubs
- Vaccination Centres – large sites convenient for transport networks
- Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies
Now that we have a vaccine that has been confirmed as safe and effective by the MHRA, we can begin to roll it out to those groups who the independent JCVI* have decided need it most when the supplies are available to us. As part of our plans we have selected Hornsey Central Health Centre as a location for a Vaccination Centre.
This means that we will shortly begin to invite people to come to the centre to receive their vaccine. As an existing healthcare facility, we do not anticipate significant changes to how the centre is used or disruption to local residents. However, you may notice an increase in traffic as people are invited to be vaccinated. Rest assured that the NHS in Haringey is working closely with The London Borough of Haringey to minimise any possible disruption to those who live and work near the centre. For example, we have already identified additional car parking facilities to ensure that vehicles do not need to park on local roads to minimise congestion on local roads. We are also working together to do our best to avoid any highway maintenance taking place during the period wherever possible in order to prevent creating any additional congestion.
The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward so please don’t seek a vaccine before then, the centre will not be operating on a “walk in” or “on request” basis. We do not anticipate any disruption to those who live or work near the site. However, if you have any questions or concerns you can read the answers to some specific questions we have anticipated we may receive below.
*JCVI stands for Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. It is the independent committee of experts which advises UK health departments on immunisation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When will the vaccination Centre open?
The NHS is working extremely hard to be able to begin providing the vaccine as quickly and safely as possible. However this is a huge logistical challenge and so we cannot yet provide an opening date for the local vaccination centre at Hornsey Central. However, the necessary internal construction and other preparatory works are now complete so the centre can open as soon as we receive stocks of a COVID-19 vaccine.
What will be the opening hours?
Our current planning assumption is that we would be providing vaccinations between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. It may be that operating hours may be reduced but we do not anticipate the centre being open beyond those hours.
How will the vaccine centre impact on the normal services running from Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre, can I still visit my GP practice?
The vaccination centre is in a self-contained area of the centre with its own dedicated entrance. Other services at the centre will be unaffected and your GP practice will continue to operate as normal (subject to current COVID related services changes already in place to keep everyone safe). Your NHS is open and you should not delay seeking advice or treatment if you need it.
How many people will be visiting the centre each day?
The NHS is working extremely hard to be able to begin providing the vaccine as quickly and safely as possible. However this is a huge logistical challenge and the number of people we can invite for vaccination will depend on the level of vaccine stocks we receive. At a maximum, the centre has been designed to deliver just over 520 vaccinations per day.
Where will all of the additional cars park?
We are very aware of the need to minimise any possible disruption to local residents and businesses and particularly discouraging inappropriate parking. The centre already has a car park which will be free for those visiting for a vaccination to use. In addition, we have secured the use of a number of additional spaces nearby which can provide overflow parking facilities. Signage will be put in place to ensure that centre users are directed to utilise these spaces if the centre car park becomes full. London Borough of Haringey enforcement officers will be conducting additional patrols in the area.
How will you manage the increased traffic on local roads?
We are very aware of the importance of being a considerate and responsible neighbour. The centre is well connected via public transport and we would anticipate that many people will choose public transport to get to their appointment. However we are working with the London Borough of Haringey to keep traffic moving including working to avoid any highway works whilst the centre is open where possible. The centre already has a car park which will be free for those visiting for a vaccination to use. In addition, we have secured the use of a number of additional spaces nearby which can provide overflow parking facilities. Signage will be put in place to ensure that centre users are directed to utilise these spaces if the centre car park becomes full. London Borough of Haringey enforcement officers will be conducting additional patrols in the area.
Does that mean I can visit the centre to get my vaccine?
When it is the right time people will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system inviting them to make an appointment. We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we would ask people not to come to the centre without an appointment or contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get their letter.
Will there be lots of extra security around the centre to protect the vaccine?
We have put plans in place to ensure the stocks of vaccine are protected and are working closely with The Metropolitan Police. However, these measures will not impact on local residents or businesses.
How will you keep people safe? Is it a good idea to bring many people to one place to get the vaccine?
We have carried out internal works to ensure that the centre can operate in a fully COVID-secure way. Those attending will be reminded to sanitise their hands frequently, wear a facemask (unless exempt) and maintain a 2 metre social distance.