Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

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Manchester United open Old Trafford for vaccination training

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Manchester United have opened their Old Trafford stadium to be used for vaccination training.

St John Ambulance will be granted access to four hospitality suites across the stadium to utilise as a training centre for hundreds of volunteers as part of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The suites will be adapted and used as a large-scale training facility over the next five weekends.

The adaptation of Old Trafford is part of a UK-wide programme which will see St John Ambulance train roughly 30,000 volunteers to administer COVID-19 vaccines in support of the nationwide effort against the pandemic.

Those trained at Old Trafford will then help deliver vaccines across Greater Manchester as part of the NHS’s biggest ever vaccination drive.



St John Ambulance will train roughly 30,000 volunteers to administer COVID-19 vaccines

United staff will also have the opportunity to volunteer for the programme to be trained in the coming weeks.

Collette Roche, Chief Operating Officer, Manchester United, said: “Old Trafford is an iconic location which will inspire the volunteers who are involved in this historic programme.

“The suites, parking, access and our dedicated events team can be valuable assets to this national effort to tackle COVID-19. We are proud to open our doors to St John Ambulance and welcome everyone involved in what is an inspirational project.

“We recognise that our local community will be feeling the effects of the pandemic for some time and we remain committed to using our resources to support the response to this public health emergency and its social impacts.”

The vaccination training at Old Trafford is the latest in a line of steps taken by the club to aide the NHS since the pandemic outbreak.

Last year United produced 60,000 meals for staff in local hospitals which was delivered to four NHS sites across Manchester, while car parks at Old Trafford were also used for drive-through testing while hospitality facilities were utilised for a blood donation drive, helping to address a reduction in donations during the first wave of the pandemic.

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