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07 January 2021

‘A cheer went up as the vaccine delivery arrived.’ Vaccinations start at Beverley

This week Beverley racecourse became a vaccination site for their local community, hosting the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme for the next three months.

Sally Iggulden, Chief Executive of Beverley Racecourse, said: “The past year has taught us that Community is so incredibly important, and for the racecourse to be able to play a part in the vaccination of our local people is pretty humbling. There is a buzz about the place that has been lacking recently, and finally a sense of hope for a return to a normality that we will never again take for granted.

“A cheer went up as the vaccine delivery arrived at the car-park, which put into perspective just how much this means to people. The racecourse team has been busy working alongside the doctors and nurses preparing the site, and we look forward to a rapid and smooth roll out, which in turn will hopefully see a return of crowds to the Westwood this summer.”

Beverley is one of five racecourses in England confirmed as vaccination centres alongside Epsom, Newcastle, Windsor and Leicester and more are expected to be a part of the effort, with Racecourse Association chief executive David Armstrong calling them “a natural place” for it to happen.

The Jockey Club’s CEO, Nevin Truesdale said: “Very proud of our team at Epsom Downs which is now a “super” Vaccination Centre. So pleased that we at The Jockey Club are doing our part to help the country out of the pandemic situation.”

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