Bath Pavilion to become vaccination centre

It’s my understanding that Bath Pavilion in North Parade is being set up as a centre to administer vaccine to those over 80 in the first group to receive their first dose.

Another source tells me it’s been booked for 16 weeks starting tomorrow.

There is Blue Badge parking – and a good drop off area – with normal parking alongside.

I am not hearing of any move to suspend charges so expect to pay £1.60 an hour.

Not much to pay for Covid 19 protection l am sure many will say.

Meanwhile, several surgeries in Bath and surrounding areas have started administering a vaccine.

In the meantime residents are being asked to wait to be contacted. I am assured no one will be missed out and, while waiting – both for the first and second vaccinations – to continue to keep themselves safe.

Also may l suggest you check out https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-plan-for-the-largest-vaccination-programme-in-british-history

And – if you have time https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/951284/UK_COVID-19_vaccines_delivery_plan.pdf

Meanwhile, people living in the Paulton area are being urged to book themselves in for a coronavirus test at a new temporary mobile testing unit if they are experiencing any symptoms of the virus.

A temporary mobile testing unit will be set up  at Paulton Rovers Football ground from Friday January 15. The MTU will be in addition to one at Odd Down P&R and the walk-in Local Testing Site at Carpenter House in Bath.

The MTU will operate each day from around 9.30am until 4pm. It has capacity to provide up to 400 tests per day, although experience of MTUs operating across the South West suggests that between 30 and 100 people are tested per day on average.

You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:

  • you have a high temperature
  • you have a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project
  • you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result

You can book a test for yourself or for someone you live with if one of the points above applies to them.

The MTU is only available for people who can arrive at the site in a private vehicle and who book appointments through a national online portal. Appointments can be made through: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

People without internet access can dial 119.

Cllr Rob Appleyard

Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, said: “With the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases this is welcome news for people living in and around Paulton and I want to say a big thank you to the club for making their site available for the unit. If anyone is concerned that they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus I would strongly urge them to book themselves in for a test

“Anyone who is experiencing symptoms is eligible for the test. It involves taking a swab of the inside of the nose and the back of the throat, using a long cotton bud.”

If you’re getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result. This also applies to anyone in your support bubble. There is more guidance on what this involves on the government’s website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

More guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#who-can-be-tested

For all council service updates visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/coronavirus

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