Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre

On 15 February, Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet NHS staff, volunteers and patients at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic, run by Bromley GP Alliance.

Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre opened in the centre of Orpington in 2019 and became the first GP led COVID-19 vaccination centre within Bromley in December 2020; vaccinating patients from 17 general practices.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, recognised the work carried out by “the fantastic NHS team at Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre on Monday, who are working incredibly hard to get south east London vaccinated. GPs have done an incredible job from the start of our vaccination programme, getting millions of often hard to reach people and communities protected. Hitting 15 million jabs was a magical milestone, but we won’t let up – with people aged 65 and over invited this week, and all adults offered a vaccine by autumn. Please continue to come forward when it’s your turn, and play your part in protecting yourself, the people you love, and in helping defeat this virus.”

Discussing the visit at Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre, Chief Executive of Bromley GP Alliance, Clare Ross said: “It has been extremely rewarding for the Bromley GP Alliance to mobilise, organise and run the COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre and at two other GP led sites in Bromley, delivering over 25,000 vaccinations so far. We have provided the infrastructure and capacity, working with general practice in Bromley, to support the vaccination programme whilst keeping regular general practice services going. Our Bromleag Care Practice vaccinated 100% of elderly care home residents eligible for the vaccine in a very short timescale.”

Site Supervisor for the vaccination site, William Magee-Brown, stated: “Working at the site has been an experience of a lifetime, it’s been fantastic to be able to assist the Bromley community in receiving their vaccines and witness the community pull together. A special thank you goes to the hardworking volunteers and admin staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the vaccination site runs smoothly and efficiently so we can continue to safely vaccinate the community.”

Whilst visiting Orpington, the Prime Minister recorded a video which can be seen below:

Residents in top priority groups who haven’t yet received their vaccination (those 65 and above or extremely clinically vulnerable) are being asked to contact us on one of our three dedicated numbers:

  • Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre – 020 817 504 38
  • West Wickham & Shirley Baptist Church – 020 817 585 82
  • St Edward’s Church – 020 817 504 33

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