Tyre giant Michelin has handed over one of its facilities to the NHS – so it can vaccinate thousands of patients every month in the fight against coronavirus.
The Michelin Athletic Club, which is close to the company’s Campbell Road factory in Stoke, has been transformed into a vaccination centre which has two clinics, a doctor’s office and a staff room.
The company has also donated three car parks adjacent to the building so patients can reach the venue easily.
The centre is one of six developed by the Stoke-on-Trent South West Primary Healthcare Trust for use as a community vaccination hub.
Karen Riley, organisational lead for the Primary Care Network Covid-19 Vaccination Programme for Stoke-on-Trent South West, said: “The club is an excellent venue for us to deliver the vaccination programme for the city.
“The support from the Michelin staff has been amazing and it is very generous of the company to donate this facility to the NHS.”
This is not the first time the Michelin Athletic Club has been used in the national relief effort.
In June, Michelin set-up a temporary manufacturing centre at the club where thousands of staff and volunteers produced more than 13,000 face masks for colleagues, care homes, charities and the community.
Lee Machin, general manager of the Michelin Athletic Club, said: “Safety is our number one priority and people from different parts of Michelin UK have worked together in the pandemic to support our community.
“Seeing the vaccination centre being set up here is hugely rewarding.
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“It has been deployed so quickly and professionally and we are delighted to be supporting it.
“Members of the club have also expressed how pleased they are to see the facility being used for such an important task in the community.”