Elgin mass Covid vaccination centre to be named in tribute to local nurse
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A MASS Covid-19 vaccination centre will be named in honour of an immunisation nurse who died last year.
Final preparations are being made to the Fiona Elcock Centre, – the former Topps Tiles site on Edgar Road in Elgin.
The first appointments will take place on Monday.
Laura Sutherland, the Moray lead for the Covid-19 vaccination programme said: “Fiona was an incredibly popular and valued member of our immunisation team and we were deeply saddened by her sudden passing.
"Naming our mass vaccination centre after her is a fitting tribute to everything she achieved during her NHS career.”
“We are really delighted with the venue, which offers us a great facility to deliver the Covid Vaccination programme to the people of Moray.
"We have had superb support from the Army in preparing the venue and along with volunteers, assisting us in the day to day running of the clinic.
“We have been overwhelmed by the many kind offers of community facilities to host clinics in other parts of Moray. We cannot thank people enough for the support they have already shown."
Fiona’s children Kerry and Kieran Elcock said her family are honoured and delighted that the vaccination centre will be named after their beloved mum.
They said: "She was extremely passionate about her nursing career spanning over 30 years. She formed strong relationships along the way and touched the lives of so many people.
"We are proud that her legacy of caring for others is able to continue through the Fiona Elcock Vaccination Centre.”
Vaccinations for the over 80s have been taking place over last two weeks at GP practices and other locations. Further vaccination centres are being set up across Moray, in Forres, Dufftown, Buckie, Keith.
Appointment letters are now being issued for the 75-79 age group.
Laura added: “We need the public to assist us in the smooth running of this programme, which is the largest mass vaccination exercise ever undertaken in the UK.
"Wherever possible they should accept and attend the appointment they are offered; while balancing appointment availability, we will always try to respond to individual needs."
People are asked to attend on their own unless they require the assistance of a carer, and both should wear a face covering.
They must also adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures to protect themselves, other people, and the vaccination staff.
Appointment letters will contain information on travel to and from the relevant centre, however, people are encouraged to make every effort to arrange their own transport to clinics.
Travel for medical appointments is classed as essential travel and car sharing (with precautions) is permitted.