NHS reveals details as Covid-19 vaccine roll-out set to get underway in Chesterfield

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Chesterfield’s iconic Winding Wheel theatre is set to become Derbyshire’s latest Covid-19 vaccination site.

The site will begin jabs on Thursday morning, using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and will be followed closely by a second Chesterfield vaccination site at Wheatbridge Surgery on Saturday.

The Chesterfield Borough Council-owned Winding Wheel becomes the 10th primary care vaccination site serving Derbyshire.

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An NHS worker with the Pfizer vaccine. Picture by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images.An NHS worker with the Pfizer vaccine. Picture by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images.
An NHS worker with the Pfizer vaccine. Picture by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images.

The Winding Wheel will initially only carry out jabs for healthcare workers – while patient vaccinations will take place at the nearby Wheatbridge Surgery from Saturday.

Some Chesterfield patients may also be offered appointments at Stubley Medical Practice in Dronfield Woodhouse if that is more convenient for them.

This start of vaccinations at the Winding Wheel marks the beginning of a new wave of openings.

The full list of this wave of openings is:

- Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

- Wheatbridge Surgery, Chesterfield

- Littlewick Medical Centre, Ilkeston

- Springs Health Centre, Clowne

- Buxton Medical Practice

- Shirebrook Sports Hall

- Oaklands Village Commmunity Centre, Swadlincote

Vaccinations at the Winding Wheel are being carried out by Chesterfield and Dronfield Primary Care Network (PCN), representing 12 GP practices.

Vaccinations are all by appointment only.

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People should not contact their GP about a vaccination unless asked to do so and should not attend any vaccination site without an appointment.

Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is managing the roll-out of the vaccine across the county.

CCG medical director Dr Steve Lloyd said the opening of the Winding Wheel was another big step forward.

He said: “The Winding Wheel is such a treasured and historic part of Chesterfield and I’m delighted that it is playing an important in this major vaccination programme.

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“Carrying out vaccinations at the Winding Wheel means we can provide this vital vaccine to the people of Chesterfield and its surrounding areas in a location well known to most people.”

Councillor Tricia Gilby, leader of the borough council, said: “We’re delighted that the Covid-19 vaccination programme is being rolled out in Chesterfield.

"The use of the Winding Wheel, which the council owns and operates, as a local vaccination site is a huge step forward in our fight against the virus.

“We’ve been working closely with Derby and Derbyshire CCG and other partners to support the roll out and ensure that the Winding Wheel is ready to receive health care workers for their vaccinations.

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“At this time, Chesterfield residents will be invited to have their vaccination at another local venue, and I urge as many people as possible to come forward and get vaccinated.

“Although this is a huge step forward, we must all make sure we continue to follow the Government guidelines and protect our most vulnerable.”

The Winding Wheel is a Grade-II listed building, built in 1923, and was previously the Picture House Cinema.

It normally hosts a popular programme of arts and entertainments but has been converted into a vaccination site through the hard work of teams from several organisations working together.

Existing primary care vaccination sites in Derbyshire are:

- Stubley Medical Centre, Dronfield

- Church Farm Primary Care Centre, Ripley

- Long Eaton Health Centre, Long Eaton

- Newholme Hospital, Bakewell

- Thornbrook Surgery, Chapel-en-le-Frith

- Derby Arena, Derby

- St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne

- Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross

- Babington Hospital, Belper

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