As you are now aware, the Vaccination Centre has been in operation for just over a week at the club and the overwhelming opinion from members of the public who have visited the site has been extremely positive. There is lots of very positive ‘chat’ on various social media sites about the organisation of the centre and the club facilities that we have made available to this vital cause in the battle against Covid-19. We were even mentioned in the RFU’s Touchline Magazine, a national sector publication.
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As of this evening, in excess of 4000 people would have been vaccinated by members of staff from the 3 GP surgeries in the town, assisted by an army of willing and well-organised volunteers. Each and every one of these ‘workers’ has expressed their gratitude toward the club for its use.
The sense of community is tangible, with some incredibly emotional scenes as the most vulnerable in our society receive their Vaccinations, many after so long spent house-bound. Several have commented about the fact that their visit to the club is the first time they have left the house since last March.
Dave and Ruth, our club Stewards deserve special mention as they have been on-site continually, working closely with the Primary Care Network (PCN) to maintain the highest of hygiene standards and helping out wherever they are able.
At the present time, there is no prospect of rugby returning due to the national restrictions but can I assure you that plans are already in place to ensure that access to training and match facilities will be made available despite the ‘take-over’ by the PCN. There will need to be compromises made and there will be some inevitable alterations to our normal modus operandi, but I am sure that everyone will cooperate and pull together to work through this period.
As soon as able, rugby will return to the club and I hope that in the meantime you all stay safe and look after yourselves and each other.
Leighton Buzzard RFC