Drop-in AstraZeneca vaccine clinic in St Matthews on Monday
18th June 2021 | By Liz McCann | Posted in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
People living in the St Matthews area of Leicester are invited to drop-in to have their first or second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday (21st June 2021) to help protect them against Coronavirus.
The clinic will be taking place at the Al Furqan mosque and community centre in St Matthews, Leicester (1 Kamloops Crescent, LE1 2HX) from 5pm to 9pm. Vaccinators will include Somali healthcare professionals.
Anyone who attended a previous clinic at this location on Thursday 25 March 2021 for their first dose has already been contacted to invite them back for their second dose, between 12pm and 4pm. A limited number of walk-in appointments will also be available during this time for first and second doses.
As this clinic is offering the AstraZeneca vaccine, first doses can only be given to those aged 40 and over. People of any age who have already had the first dose of AstraZeneca without complications can attend for their second dose.
To step up people’s protection against coronavirus in response to rising numbers of cases of the delta variant, second doses are now being given at eight weeks after the first dose for anyone aged 40 and over or who is at higher risk from Coronavirus.
Having both doses of the vaccine is important to ensure people have the maximum protection against coronavirus. Latest Public Health evidence shows that the AstraZeneca vaccine which is being offered at this clinic is 92% effective against hospitalisation from the delta variant after both doses.
Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “If you are currently unvaccinated against coronavirus or your first dose was eight weeks ago or more, please come along to this clinic if you live in St Matthews. We know having both doses of the vaccine is highly effective against the delta variant, so it’s important as many people as possible get both of their vaccines.
Dr Samira Hassan, a GP in Leicester and clinical lead for the clinic said: “It is vital to keep up the momentum to ensure all our community members are vaccinated. With rising case numbers and the consequent delay in easing lockdown, I urge all who are eligible to take this opportunity to have their second doses of this life-saving vaccine, or first doses in some cases. It is our best defence against this virus – to protect ourselves, families and our way of life”.
Details of all the available opportunities to be vaccinated locally can be found on this page https://bit.ly/LLRVacBook or by searching for Leicester City CCG online.