Vaccination centre at Ashton Gate Stadium moving to UWE this week

The large scale COVID-19 vaccination centre at Ashton Gate is moving to the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol on Wednesday (4 August)

The centre at Ashton Gate Stadium opened seven months ago and has seen thousands of people come through its doors.

But now football fans are due to return – all appointments for first and second dose vaccinations after 4 August will now move to the Vaccination Centre at UWE Bristol on the same date and at the same time.

This is located at the university’s Conference and Exhibition Centre on its Frenchay campus – and has a capacity of up to 2,000 vaccinations a day.

People affected will be contacted by a text message from the National Booking Service (NBS) letting them know that the location of their appointment has changed – there is no need to contact the NHS.

Clinical lead for the vaccination programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Dr Tim Whittlestone said: “Ashton Gate Stadium has been a flexible and generous partner for our large-scale vaccination centre and we would not have been able to achieve the strong vaccination uptake in our area without Ashton Gate’s help. 

“On behalf of the Programme, I’d like to thank everyone at the Stadium for their incredible support over the last seven months. I’d also like to thank all the staff and volunteers who have supported us at Ashton Gate; they have been phenomenal and we look forward to continuing to work with them at our new Vaccination Centre at UWE Bristol or elsewhere in our Vaccination Programme.”

Managing director at Ashton Gate, Mark Kelly said it had been “an honour and a privilege to help play such a vital role” in the vaccination programme for the South West. 

He said: “The stadium sits in the heart of its community and when we redeveloped it as a multi-use venue, we could never have imagined what was to unfold. We are thankful we’ve been able to help and wish our newfound friends and colleagues in the NHS the very best. 

“We now look forward to the full return fans and guests to the stadium and will continue to support the NHS in any way we can, including the smooth transition of the vaccination centre from Ashton Gate to UWE.”

Those who are unable to attend at UWE can rebook their appointments by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and selecting ‘manage my booking’. Alternatively, people can call 119 or find an up-to-date list of all the walk-in clinics in the South Bristol area at www.grabajab.net.

From 4 August, the Vaccination Centre at UWE Bristol will be the only site in the area able to give the Moderna vaccine. Those who had their first dose of Moderna at Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre and will have difficulty attending their second appointment at UWE should email bnssg.massvaccination@nhs.net.