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A Cheshire motorcycle dealership has given up half of its main showroom floor space to become a Covid vaccination centre, set to inject between 1200 and 2000 patients every week.
Crewe Honda Centre began negotiations with the NHS on Monday, January 11, after entering discussions with a local chemist during a showroom refit, and will begin inoculating patients on Saturday, January 23.
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Dealer principle, Roger Morris, 49, who has worked at the site since he was 16, spoke to MCN and said: “My friend, the chemist across the road came to see what we were doing and said the site would make the perfect place for him to carry out Covid vaccinations.
“Next minute, the NHS were round and loved it. They offered me rent, which I declined, and I said it would be my pleasure to help,” he continued. “I want to do my bit for the local community and if this helps in the slightest, then I will have done my part.”
The dealership, which celebrated 100 years of trading in 2020, will be partitioned off from the vaccine centre by a dividing wall, with bikes catered for on the left and vaccines to the right. Roger says the site will begin by treating up to 1200 local residents a week, before boosting capacity to up to 2000.
“People can come and park, there’s easy access and because of the size of the building, it’s spacious enough for them to do it,” Roger continued. “The sooner everyone’s vaccinated, the happier I’ll be and the sooner we can get back to normality, which is what I think we all want!”
Despite the smaller space, Roger says it won’t impact business, or the arrival of the 2021 Honda range.