A new Covid vaccination centre has opened its doors in Somerset.
The new vaccine site at the Bath and West Showground has begun to provide jabs to the local community.
A “big showering pavilion” has been erected at the large site, off the A37 near Shepton Mallet, while the theatre and lounge areas of the showground are also being utilised, according to boss Rupert Cox.
The government is targeting 15 million people and the race is on.
Mr Cox, chief executive of the Royal Bath and West Society, told BBC Radio Bristol: “We got approached by NHS England back in December to ask if we would make our site available for a regional vaccination centre and we jumped at it, not least because it gives us a bit of business – we’ve virtually been closed since last March, with the exception of a couple of small events.
“Significantly for us, the more people that get vaccinated and the healthier our society becomes, the greater chance of some of our wonderful events taking place this summer,” he said.
He further added:
“The nub of it all is that we want the big outdoor events in the West of England to be taking place this summer or certainly into the autumn. The only way of getting that done is to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
“When we had to cancel our show [the Royal Bath and West Show] that’s only the second time since 1852 that that show has been cancelled, with the exception of the war years.
“We have plans to run a show this year on our normal dates in early June but we do have a reserve date. We’re having to keep all options open.”
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