King's Lynn Corn Exchange.

The Corn Exchange at King’s Lynn is to open today (Monday) as a large-scale Covid vaccination centre.

West Norfolk Council officials said they have been working behind the scenes to identify sites and were pleased to make an announcement that the Tuesday Market Place site opens today (Monday).

Stuart Dark, borough council cabinet member for environmental services and public protection, said: “We have been working behind the scenes with the NHS for many months to help identify sites, ensure any venues we could offer met all the criteria, and have then gone through the operational planning process with them to ensure that once they open everything will run smoothly.

“Coming on the back of the news that our efforts to lobby for a venue in Downham Market have been acknowledged, we are delighted that after months of having to keep the information confidential, we are finally able to confirm that a large scale vaccination centre will be open today serving the central area of the borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

Lorraine Gore, borough council chief executive, added: “Throughout this pandemic we have been working hard for our communities, and that has included ensuring that the area is well served when it comes to vaccination centres.  I am pleased that this site is now open, in addition to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital vaccination hub and the four primary care network venues that are already up and running.  This will help ensure the vaccination programme is rolled out quickly and effectively in this area.

“We have worked with the NHS team on operational matters to ensure that the large-scale vaccination site in King’s Lynn could get up and running as soon as possible. We have also provided free parking permits to the teams delivering the vaccination programme at the venue, and we are providing free parking spaces for those attending for appointments.  Our aim, in support of our NHS colleagues, is to make it as easy as possible for people to get in, get parked, get the vaccination and then leave again.”

People will be invited to attend for their vaccination and should not turn up at the centre without a pre-arranged appointment.