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VACCINATION CENTRE REACHES NEW MILESTONE ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY

16 December 2022

Club News

VACCINATION CENTRE REACHES NEW MILESTONE ON SECOND ANNIVERSARY

16 December 2022

BURTON Albion Vaccination Centre is celebrating its second anniversary by reaching another landmark – 500,000 jabs.

The centre has come a long way since administering its first Covid vaccination on December 16, 2020,  and this autumn has been delivering autumn flu and Covid boosters

The centre is now well on course to reach 500,000 jabs over the Christmas and New Year period.

Roy Burton, Burton Albion Community Trust’s Vaccination Centre Co-ordinator, said: “We never thought we would  reach half a million jabs when we started this at the height of the pandemic.

“What Burton Albion Football Club and the Trust have done, supported by a team of brilliant volunteers is amazing.

“We have 140 volunteers from all ages, starting with Sixth Form youngsters on their Duke of Edinburgh awards and some volunteers who have been with us from day one.

“It started with the foresight of the Chairman Ben Robinson to offer the facilities free of charge and then BACT taking over the management of the centre and the support of the NHS,  especially site lead Debbie Melling.

“It was probably the trust’s biggest ever project and any programme that ultimately saves lives, which this has surely done, has to be a worthwhile experience.”

The Vaccination Centre earned Burton Albion FC the EFL Community Project of the Year award earlier this year. The centre also recently received the Olga Lloyd Award from Burton Civic Society.

Ben Robinson said: “The BACT staff and volunteers working with the NHS continue to do a fantastic job and reaching 500,000 jobs is beyond what we ever expected when we started this.

“It just shows how the powerful brand of the football club can be harnessed to make a real difference in the community.”

 


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