St John’s Covid vaccination centre in Mattock Lane – 40,000 reasons to celebrate

On Saturday afternoon I was privileged to be at St John’s Church in Mattock Lane to join many of the 110 volunteers who have helped deliver over 40,000 Covid vaccinations in the past seven months. Their job is not yet finished but it was a well-deserved moment for them to celebrate their achievements so far.

This vital vaccination service is a collaboration between the Mattock Lane Pharmacy, St John’s Church and over 100 volunteers. Rajan Shah of the pharmacy team worked hand in hand with Mark Melluish and his team at St John’s Church to set up a Covid vaccination centre which has now been operating for seven months and looks likely to continue for a while yet, especially if there is a booster vaccination programme this autumn.

One of those 40,000 vaccinations was my second jab in late April. I can remember the calm efficiency of that occasion. West Ealing has been very lucky to have this service in the heart of its community.

Saturday’s event was a time to celebrate what has been achieved so far. It was marked by a heartfelt thank yous to the volunteers from the Mayor of Ealing, alongside Rajan Shah and Mark Melluish. The volunteers are from the local community as well as members of the church. Let me add a thank you too from West Ealing Neighbours.

The vaccination centre will soon be the main one for Ealing and it now operates a drop-in service for all those eligible for a vaccination.

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