A new coronavirus vaccination centre is set to open in Pateley Bridge next month.

Run by the local pharmacy, it will be situated at the Pateley Bridge and Bewerley Memorial Hall on Park Road (pictured above).

The facility has recently been virtually inspected by the NHS, and given the go-ahead to administer the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus.

When it opens in the coming weeks, it will become the Harrogate district’s fourth Covid vaccination centre, along with the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, Ripon Racecourse and the former Lidl store in Knaresborough.

The actual opening days of the Pateley Bridge site will depend on vaccine supplies, meanwhile work is underway to ensure the essential IT and refrigeration equipment is installed.

Up until now, Upper Nidderdale residents had to travel to either Harrogate, Ripon and York, with some elderly residents facing taxi fares of up to £60 to get their jab.

Any elderly or vulnerable people who need help with transport getting to the Memorial Hall in Pateley Bridge for their vaccinations can contact Nidderdale Plus who can organise help, their number is 01423 714953.

Chris Henderson, chairman of the Memorial Hall trustees, said:

“We’re delighted that the Hall will be put to good use while it is closed for its usual activities.

“Thanks to generous Government support, the Hall is financially secure and essential maintenance and safety inspections has been carried out, as well as protective heating, throughout the winter.  This will enable the Hall to open safely when allowed to do so.”

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