London’s Business Design Centre has been confirmed as a Covid-19 vaccination centre, and will begin operation this week, led by UCLH.
The Islington-based venue is expected to remain a vaccination centre until the end of Spring, with an option to extend.
However, the venue has said that this will not impact its plans to reopen for events and reports a full calendar in Q4. The venue said there is some interest in events as early as the summer.
Vaccinations will take place in the Main Hall, on both ground and mezzanine levels.
UCLH director of strategy Laura Churchward thanks the Business Design Centre for its support and encouraged everyone who is invited to have a vaccine to take it up. “Being vaccinated is the best protection against coronavirus,” she said.
The venue’s occupation as the vaccination centre isn’t the first time that the building has been used for the nation’s benefit, with the Government’s requisition of the then Royal Agricultural Hall for use throughout the Second World War. The building rehomed the Inland and Foreign Parcels Department from the Mount Pleasant Post Office where parts of it remained until after the war.
Business Design Centre’s chief executive, Dominic Jones, said he was delighted to play of part in the national effort.
“Playing our part in the national effort to support the vaccination programme is of vital importance in the country’s recovery and that we can lend our expertise in facilitating this was similarly received by our team and clients alike,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming those attending for their vaccinations in the coming months and to continuing to support the great work that the NHS staff and their volunteers are doing at this time, which brings us closer to reopening businesses and to what we love most, holding events that bring people together.”
Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said the opening of another vaccination facility in Islington was a “huge boost” to the efforts of the NHS
“Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on our families and our community. The size and location of the Business Design Centre makes it an ideal venue for this vital, large-scale vaccination programme, which offers us all the best possible chance to get back to a more normal way of life,” he said.