Covid vaccine test site to move as work on site of new multi-million pound cinema complex begins in South Yorkshire

The coronavirus test site at Forge Island in Rotherham will be moving to a new home as work to develop a new cinema begins.
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Rotherham Council and the site operators, Deloitte, have decided to make use of the current temporary closure of the site to move the test centre to a new home.

This is to make way for the future development work on the new multi-million-pound cinema complex.

The test site will be moving to Herringthorpe Stadium.

The Forge Island testing site will be closingThe Forge Island testing site will be closing
The Forge Island testing site will be closing
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Ben Anderson, director of public health for Rotherham, said: “The Forge Island Test Site has been an essential part of reducing the risk of coronavirus since it was first opened in August last year, however, we are making use of the temporary closure to move it to a new site.

“With developments on Forge Island looking to press ahead over the upcoming months, this was the ideal opportunity to find a new home for this test site.

“Herringthorpe Stadium, located just outside of the town centre, has been chosen as it is in the heart of the community and offers residents who may need to travel from other areas of the borough, good transport links and car parking spaces.

“We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care and Deloitte, who run the site, to ensure that people who live near the test site will not be impacted by the move. I would like to thank everyone in advance of their understanding and apologise for any disruption caused.”

Since opening, the site has tested 13,000 residents for the virus.