A new COVID Dagenham Vaccination Centre has opened at LondonEast-UKbusiness and science park.

It opened just seven days after the vaccination centre in Romford and is the latest to open in north east London, joining the hundreds of sites across the country set up to deliver the COVID vaccination programme.

The Dagenham vaccination centre has been set up, and will be run, by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

Caroline O’Donnell, NELFT’s Recovery Director, who has led the Trust’s vaccination programme, said:

“It has been a privilege to be involved in leading NELFT’s vaccination programme. I would like to thank the whole team involved in the preparation, including all those who have volunteered to support the programme and our partners in our communities, especially the team at LondonEast-UK who have worked tirelessly to get the site ready. We are pleased to be working with such an established partner in the Dagenham community.

“We look forward to supporting the vaccination programme alongside our local GPs and community pharmacies to make vaccinations as accessible to our communities as possible.”

Attendance will be by appointment only and the centre will be open from 8.00am to 8.00pm seven days a week.

The vaccination centre will be able to provide thousands of vaccinations a week. Each visit will take approximately 20 minutes per person.

The vaccination centre has adequate parking on site with more 70 spaces and allocated disabled parking – which are free of charge to visitors.

People will be contacted to attend according to the Government’s priority list – you can check here to see if you are in one of the priority groups and, if you are eligible and are yet to be contacted, you can book your vaccination through the National Booking Service on the the NHS website (www.nhs.uk) or by dialling 119.

Nick Kavanagh, Site Operations Director at LondonEast-UK, said:

“We are thrilled that the latest vaccination centre for north east London is opening at LondonEast-UK, and that we are able to play our part in helping the NHS continue the rollout of its successful Covid-19 vaccination programme.

“Having previously been home to Sanofi, the multinational pharmaceutical company, we are delighted that the site’s long association with medical advancement is continuing.”

The new centre has been fitted out with vaccination pods and all the required facilities designed to keep people safe through social distancing and a one-way system to ensure a safe environment is maintained for patients, staff and volunteers.

The vaccination centre will be staffed by registered health professionals including our on-site pharmacists, vaccinators, support staff and volunteers to support with helping people navigate their way through the centre, the project has involved a range of NELFT staff including our estates team, pharmacy team, transformation and QI team, workforce and training, informatics team, security and health and safety, procurement, nurse trainers, administrators, communication team and many others.

The COVID Dagenham Vaccination Centre is located at LondonEast-UK business and science park in Dagenham and is easily accessible via pedestrian access from Rainham Road South. To access the car park, please the following postcode: RM7 0QX.