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Haverhill centre is an 'ideal choice' for use as a Covid-19 vaccination hub




The suitability of an innovation centre on the edge of Haverhill for use as a Covid-19 vaccination hub has been outlined after it was revealed that it will become a central point for several months of vaccinations from next week.

Located in the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care - Matt Hancock’s constituency in West Suffolk, The EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park provides office and lab space to start-ups and scale-ups.

The EpiCentre not only meets the stringent -70C storage facilities required by the vaccine manufacturers Pfizer-BioNTech, it has large meeting rooms that have been converted into temporary booths and has ample parking.

The EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park
The EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park

The Innovation Centre which opened in November 2020, is attracting organisations that otherwise struggle to get lab space, such as a company that is developing technology that kills viruses and bacteria in seconds, that can be used on any substrate and lasts the lifetime of the product.

Kelly Boosey, centre manager at The EpiCentre, comments: “National roll out of the vaccination will require as much support as possible.

"As a new Innovation Centre we will do everything we can to support the NHS to roll out the vaccination program to the local community.

Kelly Boosey, the centre manager at the EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park, right, with Babita Devi, its innovation director. Picture by Rebecca Bacon
Kelly Boosey, the centre manager at the EpiCentre at Haverhill Research Park, right, with Babita Devi, its innovation director. Picture by Rebecca Bacon

"The science and technology element of our facility means we want to be at forefront of supporting the effort to get this virus under control.

"The program will continue into Spring 2021.”

To find out where the vaccination sites will be located in Suffolk and north east Essex, click HERE

The new facility in the East of England is part of Oxford Innovation’s group of 26 centres around the UK, that support companies looking for growth through innovation.

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