Bath vax centre reaches milestone

The large vaccination centre at Bath Racecourse has now given out more than 50,000 booster jabs to local people.

The booster jab has been shown to greatly increase protection against all variants of Covid, including Omicron, and significantly reduces the likelihood of people getting seriously ill or hospitalised.

Staff at the vaccination centre celebrated reaching the milestone earlier this week.

The vaccination centre’s Deputy Operations Director Rachael Whiteley said: “This really is a great achievement and will be having such a positive impact in the local community, helping to keep our most vulnerable safe from serious illness.

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken up the offer of a booster. By doing so you are helping to keep your loved ones safe.

“I would also like to thank all the staff and volunteers based at the vaccination centre for their hard work and dedication – not only have they delivered 50,000 booster jabs but well over 230,000 vaccinations in total.

“We still have plenty of capacity at the racecourse for first, second and booster jabs and you don’t have to book, just drop in.

“We are open Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 8pm (last appointments at 7.30pm) and look forward to seeing you soon!”

The large vaccination centre has recently welcomed Nicky Ashton as new Operations Director.

Nicky joins the team at the racecourse from her secondment at Salisbury Hospital, where she was Divisional Director for Women and Newborn. Previously, Nicky worked as Divisional Director of Operations for Surgery at the RUH.

Nicky said: “I’m delighted to be joining such a fantastic team and look forward to helping them to continue their excellent work delivering first, second and booster jabs to people of all ages in the local community.”