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Armed Forces team up with local NHS as booster programme ramps up

14th December 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

The Armed Forces have teamed up with the local NHS as a massive Covid-19 booster vaccination programme is ramped up across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The race is on to get vaccines into the arms of every eligible adult by the end of December, in the fight against the virus and the spread of the Omicron variant.

From tomorrow (Wednesday 15 December), everyone over the age of 18 who had their second dose at least 3 months ago will be able to book an appointment for their booster jab. The local NHS has stepped up its booster programme with extra pop-up sites in conventional locations.

This week, walk-in clinics are open at: Oakham Enterprise Park; Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill; Highcross Shopping Centre; Fosse Medical Centre; Jalaram Community Centre; Melton Road Vaccination Centre; the Prajapati Hall; The Croft Medical Centre; Merridale Medical Centre; Loughborough Hospital and Sturdee Road Medical Centre. Full details including opening times are available at:
https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirusvaccine/

Dr Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance at the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, said: “It’s great to see our Armed Forces join us as we accelerate our booster programme.

“If you’re 18 and over and had your second dose of the Covid vaccine at least three months ago, please get boosted now to top-up your immunity. By doing so you will keep both yourself and your loved ones safe this winter.

“If you haven’t yet had a vaccine or are due one, I urge you to go to a clinic near you to get your life-saving jab. The threat of the new Omicron strain is very real and the best protection against it is the vaccine.”

Urging volunteers to join the booster drive, Dr Trevithick added: “The rapid response from our vaccination teams made up of GPs, nurses, pharmacists, volunteers and now military personnel has been tremendous, but we need as many people as possible to play their part by volunteering their time to help.

“If you would like to work alongside our brilliant team to deliver vaccines and save lives, please come forward to volunteer. No task is too small to contribute to our efforts against the pandemic – we need to increase our capacity to unprecedented levels, to protect our local population quickly.”

People interested in either a voluntary or paid role are urged to visit the Join Vaccine Team page or search ‘NHS vaccine team’. People who volunteered or were trained for paid roles previously are also being contacted to help out again.

There are more clinic locations available for pre-booked appointments, details are
online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirusvaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ . Appointments can also be booked by calling 119.

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For further information contact:
llrccgs.pressoffice@nhs.net

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