This is the second Guildford Borough Council owned building to be used in this way during the pandemic: The Spectrum was previously opened to provide support as a food and medicine distribution centre in 2019.
Primary Care Networks (groups of GP Practices) are working together to provide vaccination services in the venue to take the burden off of the individual surgeries. It is hoped this will create more capacity and provide an easy to get to centre for people to get vaccinated.
The Vaccine will be administered by NHS staff to people attending a scheduled appointment as part of the early-stage rollout. It is hoped that all UK residents aged over 70 will be vaccinated by mid-February.
You will be contacted directly for your vaccination by your GP when it is your turn.
“The G Live site will complement the other vaccination hubs already in operation across the Surrey Heartlands area. This additional location will enable local GP Networks to vaccinate more people, at scale, by using a larger venue. We are asking people to help the local NHS: please don’t contact your GP practices, the wider NHS or any of the community venues that hosting clinics to seek a vaccine – we will contact you. When we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments (unless you are unwell) and please continue to follow all the rules to control the virus and save lives”
G Live Venue Director, Derek Aldridge said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to support the rollout of the vaccinations in this way. Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the whole country, including in Guildford, and it’s heartening to think that we can be a small part of the solution. This important work is vital to the recovery of our community. The speed at which the NHS has worked with us to prepare the venue has been superb and I’d pay testament to their expertise.”
Cllr Joss Bigmore, leader of Guildford Borough Council said:
“This is fantastic news and gives us more light at the end of the tunnel. I am proud that Guildford is again able to play a major role in helping the whole county, and G Live is once more at the heart of our community after being closed for much of the last 10 months. Thank you to HQ Theatre Group and venue staff for supporting this and working hard to prepare. We must continue to stay at home, but the mass vaccination programme gives us hope, and this first phase will allow us to immunise more of our most vulnerable residents as we work towards the lifting of lockdown restrictions.”
“We continue to work closely with colleagues in the NHS and other emergency services as part of the Local Resilience Forum. We have worked as one throughout this pandemic, in the same way as our whole community have come together to show amazing spirit. Thank you for your continued help and support – we will get through this together.”