Crewe vaccination centre celebrates one year and over 100,000 of life-saving jabs

By Gwyn Griffiths

20th Jan 2022 | Local News

A VACCINATION centre based at a Crewe motorbike dealership is set to celebrate a year of administering life-saving jabs.

Crewe Honda Centre threw open its doors on January 23 last year after owner Roger Morris offered his premises to the NHS while he undertook a renovation.

The dealership was transformed into a Covid-19 vaccination centre and over the past twelve months has administered over 100,000 jabs to the people of Crewe and beyond.

Roger linked up with his friend, pharmacy owner Raj Patel, of Hollowood Chemists, who have a store across the road in West Street.

After the site was approved by NHS England and the local NHS commissioning group it has gone on to provide up to 4,000 jabs a week.

Roger declined to take any rental payment for his site as a gesture to help the local community in the fight against the pandemic.

The pair teamed up again in May last year when they opened a second centre at the Acacia Suite in Willaston Masonic Hall.

Roger Morris said: "It has been a pleasure to play my part in the fight against Covid. Donating my Honda showroom was the least I could do in these unprecedented times.

"Thanks to everyone involved in the running of the site and to Honda for supporting me."

The clinical lead at the Hollowood Vaccination Centre, Jainil Patel, said: "We have had the honour and privilege to be given the opportunity to provide a life-saving service to the local community of Crewe and Nantwich.

"We have worked tirelessly to use our expertise in clinical safety and medical practice to transform the Crewe Honda Centre in Crewe and the Masonic Hall into high quality vaccine centres.

"It is through fantastic teamwork and great effort from all involved, that my team and I have been able to vaccinate almost 150,000 patients across the two sites.

"It has been the best experience of my life, and I cannot urge the public more to get their jabs if eligible."

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