People encouraged to get vaccines for flu and covid at special Diwali drop in clinic
2nd November 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in
Prominent community figures in Leicester are backing a local NHS drive to get people fully vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 over the Diwali period.
Dharmesh Lakhani, local businessman from Indian restaurant Bobby’s and Suleman Nagdi MBE, from the Federation of Muslim Organisations have shared video messages encouraging people to celebrate safely and take the time to arrange any vaccinations for which they are eligible.
A Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will be taking place in Belgrave on Diwali this Thursday 4th November, making it easy for anyone over 16 and visiting the Golden Mile for Diwali celebrations, to get vaccinated without an appointment. The drop-in clinic will be open from 3pm to 9pm at Belgrave Pharmacy, 52 Brandon St, Leicester LE4 6AW.
First, second and third doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available, along with booster doses. The flu vaccine will also be available for anyone who is eligible.
In social media videos shared this week by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs (LLR CCGs), Dharmesh Lakhani said: “Diwali and the Hindu New Year are approaching, but Covid hasn’t gone yet.
“If you haven’t had your Covid vaccination yet, there’s still time for you to have it. If you’ve been called for your booster or flu vaccination, it’s very important you have these. The vaccinations are for your health and safety.
“Happy Diwali and greetings for a Happy New Year.”
In a separate message to the public, Suleman Nagdi added: “It has been such a difficult 18 months for all of us, especially at this special time of celebrations when family and friends come together.
“If you haven’t done so already, please get your Covid vaccination, you can still get your first dose, even now. If you are eligible, please also get your booster vaccine and your flu vaccine for the best protection this winter.”
This year anyone aged 50+ is able to have a free flu vaccine, as well as carers, pregnant women and adults with health conditions which make them vulnerable to flu.
People aged 50 and over, health and care workers or people aged 16 and over who have certain health conditions are all eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine, which helps people who have been double-jabbed retain their immunity. This can be given as long as it is six months or more since their second dose. Please bring proof of eligibility for the third dose, to show that this is now due.
Third doses are ‘top-up’ doses for anyone who was severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose. People will be contacted if they are eligible and the third dose should be given no sooner than eight weeks after the second dose.
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