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New Covid-19 vaccination centre at Salvation Army church hall in Stowmarket will be a 'lighthouse of hope and healing'




A new Covid-19 vaccination centre has opened in a Stowmarket church hall and could see 500 people a day.

The Salvation Army church hall, in Violet Hill Road, started welcoming invited patients last Wednesday for their first jab.

It follows the successful vaccination programme at The Mix, in Stowmarket, for people in cohorts one to nine which ends on June 5.

A vaccination centre has opened at the Salvation Army church hall in Stowmarket
A vaccination centre has opened at the Salvation Army church hall in Stowmarket

Major James Lloyd, leader of The Salvation Army in Stowmarket, said he was 'delighted' the hall was set to be used as a vaccination centre until September.

"We hope the centre will see the vaccination of 500 people a day and this will be a great thing," he said.

"We need to be a lighthouse - a place of hope and healing and the room we use as a prayer room is where we are currently keeping the vaccine.

"Though we are able to meet, its best to use the building to vaccinate the community.

"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 for more than a year."

To allow for the hall to be used for vaccinations, the corps will worship jointly with the United Reformed Church in Stowmarket.

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