Milton Keynes Council have announced the city centre Saxon Court site will have an extension in it’s use as a vaccine centre.
Earlier today, the Council announced that they had entered a new agreement with the NHS to keep the centre at Saxon Court open until 2022 to support the national COVID-19 booster initiative, rather than winding down this month as originally intended.
The Council offered Saxon Court to the NHS as a major vaccination centre last year and made essential refits needed by the NHS to accommodate staff and equipment. The centre opened in February 2021 and was originally due to run until October – but now the arrangement has been extended over the winter to help vaccinate even more residents.
MK Council have confirmed that so far, more than 120,000 people have received vaccine jabs at the site.
During the extension period the Council is making 49 parking spaces directly outside the centre free to local people while they receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
Parking spaces at the rear of the building that had been cordoned off to manage queues at peak times are being returned to normal use (standard parking rates) from 1 November in preparation for demand from Christmas shoppers.
Council Leader Cllr Pete Marland said, “We’re happy to be extending our arrangement with the NHS to get COVID-19 vaccinations to more local people. There’s been a lot of hard work, both visible and behind the scenes to make it easy to be vaccinated, and we’re continuing to play our part. Eligible residents will be able get their booster at Saxon Court by making an appointment when they’re prompted, and there will continue to be slots available for people yet to be vaccinated at all – it’s not too late to get yours.”