St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium will be used as a mass vaccination centre, the first centre of its kind in the region.
The town has seen a rise in coronavirus cases recently, and is reported to be the 28th most affected region in the country. The Wirral ins 26, Liverpool is 14, Halton is five, and Knowsley is number one.
It is hoped they can vaccinate thousands of people a week in the town, once they are fully operational.
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said: “The first thing to stress is that these are awful times, and clearly this is not something we would ever have envisaged or desired.
“But I think we should thank all those who played their part in establishing a modern new stadium in and for St Helens, after so many glorious years at Knowsley Road.
“This exemplifies the club at the heart of our community, and serving the community. It is also a testament to the very considerable long-term investment which the Board of Directors of St Helens RFLC have made into their club and its infrastructure.”
CEO Mike Rush added: “We’re just happy to help out.
“I think everyone has helped out in different ways, but we’ve had a long-standing relationship with our CCG, who have used the facility for various reasons. It’s a continuation of a partnership that has previously seen it used for conferencing, blood donations and a variety of other things.”