New vaccination centres to accelerate drive to protect Cheshire residents from COVID-19

11 February 2021

Vaccination centres go live at Chester Racecourse and Alderley Park Conference Centre next week to help accelerate Cheshire’s drive to protect residents from COVID-19. 

The new centres will complement the existing GP-led vaccination services, hospital hubs and pharmacy-led vaccination services across Cheshire and offer an additional option for people to get vaccinated – if it is convenient for them. If not, people can instead wait to be vaccinated at their local GP-led vaccination centre.

People aged 70 and above who haven’t had their COVID-19 vaccination can book an appointment now via www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, where they can choose a time slot and location that suits them.

People who are eligible, but without online access, can call 119 to book a jab free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. People are also able to book appointments on behalf of people they care for if they are unable to do it themselves.

All vaccination centres are staffed by clinicians, trained vaccinators, administrative staff and a range of volunteers who help make a visit run as smoothly and safely as possible.

Dr Anushta Sivananthan, Medical Director for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), which is operating the Racecourse vaccination centre, said: “NHS staff, other public sector colleagues and volunteers are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history. CWP are proud to play our part at the Chester Racecourse vaccination site, supporting the existing centres with the top four priority groups and also, as vaccine eligibility is widened, beyond those groups in the coming weeks.”

Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: “This is fantastic news and a positive move forward. Let’s all play our part in this process and get vaccinated when invited. This past year has been a huge struggle for many people, and we can all help to turn this around by getting vaccinated and playing our part in the fight against the virus.”

Chief Executive of Chester Race Company, Richard Thomas, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support the NHS with their essential vaccination programme. We plan to offer our facilities for seven days a week, apart from race days, and our staff are proud to have the opportunity to support as volunteers.”

Interested in volunteering to support the NHS? The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme was set up by NHS England / Improvement in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service. Sign up here: www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders

For more information about what you need to book your appointment, what you need to bring to your appointment and what to do if you get COVID-19 symptoms please click here.

If you have had your vaccination at Chester Racecourse please tell us about your experience here. 

  • Travel information

    By Car

    Chester Racecourse is easily reachable via car and is sign-posted from all major routes. The M53, M56, M6 and A483 are all in close proximity to Chester providing excellent links from Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales and the south of England.

    Between the hours of 09:00 and 21:00 road closures will be in place on New Crane Street, Watergate Street and Nuns Road. Safety barriers will enforce the closures, providing additional security to members of the public. Barriers will be removed from 21:00 on the evening of a raceday to allow for normal access. Please be aware that times will differ for evening meetings, refer to our official social media channels closer to the event for details.

    Those visiting the racecourse by car should follow the temporary yellow signage in place on approach to the city of Chester to reach the racecourse. We recommend that you do not input the Chester Racecourse postcode (CH1 2LY) into your Sat Nav, but instead approach from Sealand Road (to the West of the city) using postcode CH1 4LZ.  

    View the map detailing direction of travel from various locations and the road closures here

    Accessible parking is available on site. If you require additional support to improve your experience with us, please speak to a member of our staff on arrival.

    By Train

    Chester Racecourse is located in the heart of the historic city and is easily accessible by the rail network with trains running frequently to Chester Train station. The railway station is a six-minute taxi ride to the racecourse, or a 20-minute walk.

Please note that due to a major infrastructure project in Chester City Centre there is a new traffic flow system in place. To get to The Racecourse Chester please take a look at the Go Clockwise map below. 

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