Covid vaccination tent set up by GP targeted and damaged

A marquee set up by a GP surgery for people to sit in after they receive their Covid vaccination has been targeted and damaged by ‘youths’.

Patients who receive the vaccination need to be monitored for 15 minutes afterwards to ensure they don’t have an allergic reaction, Thornaby and Barwick Medical Group, in Ingelby Barwick, Teesside, explained.

They set up the marquee on January 4 so that people could sit and wait in the warm for the time period while socially distancing from others around them – but during the night the tent was damaged.

A post on the surgery’s Facebook page read: ‘We have today received the very sad news that last night, its first night in place, a group of youths tried to breach and damage the marquee.

‘Please, please, please, if you have children in the area, explain to them the very important work that we need the marquee for. If it’s not there we cannot vaccinate as we cannot monitor the patients. Thank you for your support.’

The marquee was restored ahead of the surgery receiving its first doses of the vaccine today, with the practice now issuing another plea to the public.

Practice Manager Louise Mason-Crowe described the previous incident as ‘pretty unfair’, and said the team wanted to ensure people were receiving their vaccines are ‘safe and warm’.

She told Teesside Live: ‘I was very disappointed. It was quite obvious what it’s there for. We all want to get to the end of this pandemic, we all want to get through it.’

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