The centre will be run by the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull as part of the region’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. It will be run on a strictly appointment only basis, with the NHS contacting people directly to book their appointments over the coming days.
Commenting on the announcement, Abbie Vlahakis, CEO at Millennium Point, said:
“We are very proud to be able to support NHS staff in delivering the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Birmingham. We are working closely with the NHS in Birmingham and Solihull, partners, staff and volunteers, to provide a crucial service to thousands of people across the region.
“It’s important that we’re clear with the public that this centre will be operating by appointment only, so they should not attend unless they have already been directly contacted by the NHS and have an appointment booked. We would like to thank everyone in advance for supporting us and the NHS to ensure that the centre can operate as efficiently as possible.
“Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods in Birmingham and the opening of this mass vaccination centre represents a vital next step in the region’s recovery from the pandemic. We are delighted that Millennium Point can play its part in making this happen.”
As part of its support for the vaccine centre, Birmingham City Council has gifted use of the multi-storey car park based on Jennens Road, to enable NHS patients attending their vaccination appointments to park free of charge. Millennium Point is also easily accessible on foot from New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations, is well served by local bus routes and is a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
As well as being a landmark building and events business, Millennium Point is an award winning not-for-profit Charitable Trust, with all profits from its activities as an events, conference and exhibition space being reinvested to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related projects, initiatives and organisations across the West Midlands.
Abbie Vlahakis continues:
“The mission of our Charitable Trust is to advance science, technology, engineering and maths for the benefit of the public, so it’s a great honour to work in partnership with the NHS to deliver this ground-breaking vaccination programme. It’s thanks to incredible advances in research that we stand ready to roll-out the region’s biggest ever mass immunisation project and we’re committed to do all we can in support.”