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Vaccination Centre at Basingstoke Fire Station will light up blue to celebrate NHS birthday

Basingstoke Fire Station at night

Basingstoke Fire Station, which has been transformed into a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre, will be lit up blue on this weekend (Saturday 3 July – Monday 5 July inclusive) in honour of the NHS turning 73 on Monday 5 July. 

Run by Solent NHS Trust, as one of four mass vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the fire station was opened as a vaccination centre in February.  People working at the centre, which includes firefighters from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service who have been trained to provide vaccinations, have been playing their part in protecting people from COVID-19 by offering vaccinations seven days a week, 8am to 8pm.

The fire station has remained fully operational whilst also being a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Sue Harriman, Chief Executive at Solent NHS Trust, said: “The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for everyone, and the NHS has experienced times like never before. With the vaccination programme comes hope as we continue to roll out the biggest vaccination programme in health service history.

“Lighting up the Basingstoke Fire Station for the NHS birthday is a fitting tribute to our incredible NHS, and the ongoing support shown by people during the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service for the mutual aid they have given which has helped us to vaccinate over 100,000 people at the Basingstoke Fire Station.”

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Neil Odin said: “We are all full of admiration for the resilience, dedication and commitment shown by our NHS colleagues during these exceptionally challenging times. Lighting up Basingstoke Fire Station is a fitting way to mark our appreciation for the NHS and the part we have been able to play in the vaccination programme.”       

This year also sees the return of The NHS Big Tea on Monday 5 July. This is a chance for people to come together to thank NHS staff and each other for the huge role they have played.

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