THE SALVATION Army has opened its church in Lower Earley to doctors seeking to use the site as a Covid-19 vaccine hub in the area.

Vaccinations at the site began last week, January 6, after Salvation Army ministers based at the church on Chalfont Close, Lower Earley, temporarily offered the building to the local GP Practice.

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Leader of The Salvation Army in Lower Earley, Reading, Roger Coates said: “When we heard the Government announcement about the rollout of the vaccination through GP surgeries, we were moved to ask our neighbouring practice if they needed assistance.

“Chalfont surgery had been praying for a suitable space for running the operation safely and we were more than happy to help.

"We help vulnerable people all year round, some of which will be among the first groups to be offered the vaccinations.

“It’s only right that we offer our building which we have been blessed with to help in the fight against this deadly disease that has caused so much loss and devastation in our communities this past year”.

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Mr Coates added: “This is very much a partnership between The Salvation Army, the GP practice and the local council who are providing volunteers for the operation”.

The vaccinations will be held from Monday to Friday at the Salvation Army building between 8.30am-8pm, available only to the people who have been invited to attend by the health service.

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