Woodville vaccination centre opens to the public
The curtain went up on one of The Woodville‘s most important roles in its history during the first week in February when the NHS took over the venue and turned it into a large Covid-19 vaccination centre.
Anne Clarke, 78, was in the spotlight when she was one of the first patients through the doors. Anne, from Painters Ash, felt right at home in The Woodville as she used to work in the venue more than 40 years ago.
Anne said: “I saw all the big stars back in the day; Ken Dodd, Des O’Connor. I used to sell the ice creams and help people to their seats. It is wonderful to be back here having the jab. I have three grandchildren who I haven’t seen for months. I’ve not seen my friends, not been out at all. I’m just pleased to be here full stop.”
Gravesham Borough Council Leader Cllr John Burden said he was impressed at the scale of the operation and how smoothly planning had gone.
“It is the council’s privilege to be supporting the largest vaccination programme the NHS has ever seen. We want to support the vaccination of the priority groups as quickly as possible and this centre will help do that.’’
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Paul Bentley said: “The Woodville is in the heart of the community. We are very grateful to be bringing the theatre back to life with such an important production – Covid vaccinations.
“Our teams worked round-the-clock in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and local emergency services to get the site up and running. I would like to thank the local community for making us so welcome.’’
We are providing free parking in Parrock Street car park for those with vaccination appointments at The Woodville.
General venue information is available via www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/kent-vaccination-centres/
Tel: 01474 337899
Communications Manager: Andy Rayfield
Our normal working hours are:
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm