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Covid vaccines available at local European supermarket this weekend

3rd February 2022 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

This weekend people can get the covid vaccine while they shop at the Maxi Grosik European Supermarket on Blackbird Road in Leicester.

From Friday 4th to Sunday 6th February a mobile vaccination unit will be outside the store, which is popular with Leicester’s Eastern European community.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have planned the clinics with the support of Project Polska, an organisation for the Polish community in Leicestershire. Barbara Czyznikowska, Chair of Project Polska, said: “We are really pleased with the proactive response of local health teams to provide accessible means for people to get vaccinated, including people who are not registered with a GP. This pop-up vaccine clinic is an excellent idea to reach out to members of our local Eastern European community who are often hard-to-engage in public health initiatives.

“As with many communities, Polish people have varied work patterns and find difficult to fit appointments around their jobs and caring commitments. Furthermore, vaccine confidence is quite low amongst Poles Carrying out this kind of targeted engagement with our communities will help overcoming any barriers.”

Friday’s clinic is open to people aged 16+ and the Saturday and Sunday clinics are open to those aged 12+. People can drop in anytime between 9am and 4pm on each day. First, second, third and booster doses will all be available.

A mobile vaccine unit will also be visiting Loughborough University, Shirley Peace Square LE11 3TU this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm, open to anyone who is eligible in Loughborough, not just students.

The following weekend, 11th to 13th February, there will be pop-up vaccine clinics at Tesco on Blaby Road in South Wigston and at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, on Aikman Avenue in New Parks.

Dr Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We are continuing to make it as easy as possible for people to get the covid jab, with pop-up clinics in handy locations, mobile vaccine units visiting different neighbourhoods and our new drive-through vaccine clinic which opened this week outside County Hall.

“Whether you’re due for a booster, or if you’ve not yet had your first or second vaccine dose, there’s a clinic near you, so please do go along and get your vaccine. Many clinics are walk-in, so you don’t need an appointment, but there are also options to book ahead too and all the information you need is available through our website.”

Further details of all walk-in clinics across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, together with information on who is currently eligible for the vaccine, can be found at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

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