On Saturday 16 January the Cathedral opened its doors for the first time as a venue for the Sarum South Primary Care Network COVID-19 Local Vaccination Service.
Scores of over 80s came along to have their first COVID-19 jab – and all done to the sound of music. The Cathedral’s organists, Director of Music David Halls and Assistant Director of Music John Challenger, played soothing sounds to those waiting for, or recovering from, their jabs and clocked up around ten hours on the keyboards (with a few essential breaks).
It was a day to remember…
…and there are more to come so, if you are called to have your jabs at the Cathedral, here are a few helpful hints:
• Parking at the Cathedral is free for those attending for their vaccine but only patients that have been invited by the NHS should come along. Patients not invited should wait to be contacted by the NHS.
• Don’t come too early. The vaccinating team advise arrive 5 minutes before your appointment time but if you are a bit late don’t panic. Cathedral staff and volunteers are there to help out.
• Patients can bring carers, who can stay with them throughout and if you have difficulty walking, don’t worry. Golf buggies are stationed by drop off points and the carpark to run people to the Cathedral, as well as being available to pick people up from the exit to do the return run.
Speaking about the vaccination campaign, Dr Dan Henderson Co-Clinical Director for Sarum South Primary Care Network said:
“It’s great to be further expanding the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Wiltshire and to be vaccinating more of our high priority target group. Every jab we give is another step towards getting our lives back to normal. I understand that people are keen to get their jabs but please don’t call your Doctor or the hospital asking about when you will get an appointment, we are following the priority order set out by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the NHS will be in touch when it is your turn to be vaccinated. The huge vaccine programme is a marathon not a sprint but we will get to everyone.”
The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury said:
“We are proud to be playing a part in the life-saving vaccination campaign and look forward to seeing the NHS team, volunteers, and even more of our neighbours in their Cathedral. Here they will receive a warm welcome, discover a beautiful place, and leave with fresh hope - and with our prayers.”
It was great to see everyone last Saturday, we are looking forward to doing it all again. The NHS and Cathedral staff and volunteers poised to give you a great big welcome!