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Local people welcoming new ways of getting the Covid jab

10th February 2022 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have not previously had the covid vaccine are beginning to come forward thanks to the NHS finding new ways of making the vaccine available.

In recent weeks, pop-up clinics have been organised in community venues and a mobile vaccine unit has been visiting neighbourhoods where take-up of the jab has been poor. Most recently, from Wednesday 2nd February, a drive-through vaccine clinic has been open five days per week outside County Hall in Glenfield, where people can get the jab without having to get out of their vehicle.

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 now seeing people who, for a variety of reasons, previously found it harder to get the jab. This is especially the case at our drive-through clinic, which people are finding really accessible and we’ve even had groups of young people saying that there’s something cool about a drive-through.

“In the first few days we vaccinated several people with mobility issues, who found it much easier being able to stay in their car, including an older man who drove his wife to the clinic, as she was too frail to attend other sites. We have also seen a number of patients with suppressed immunity, including a cancer patient who felt much safer in his car and felt he couldn’t attend ‘walk-in’ sites for fear of becoming unwell.

“We have also found that people who are nervous of injections find it easier to have the vaccine in their car, and we saw one patient with extreme anxiety, who had been to five vaccine centres previously, and finally received their first vaccine at the drive-through.

“It is fantastic to see people having this life-saving vaccine who had previously struggled. We hope that by sharing these examples, more people will feel encouraged to get the jab.”

As well as success at the drive-through clinic, mobile units at shopping locations have also attracted people who might not otherwise have had the jab. At last weekend’s clinic outside the Maxi Grosik European supermarket, a healthcare worker who was doing her shopping came for her first vaccine. She said that when she saw the clinic outside the supermarket, it struck her that most of her colleagues had already been vaccinated and this, along with the convenient location of the clinic, prompted her to finally get the jab.

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday February 11-13 vaccines will be available outside Tesco at South Wigston and at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Western Station on Aikman Avenue, New Parks. People can drop in any time between 9am and 4pm, for first, second, third and booster doses. On Friday the clinics are for ages 16 plus and on Saturday and Sunday they are for ages 12 plus.

The drive-through clinic is located on the car park to the rear of County Hall, Leicester Road, Glenfield LE3 8RA and is open every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm.  Vaccines are available to people aged 12 years and over and this includes first, second, third and booster doses.

Specialist clinics are also taking place for eligible children aged 5 to 11 during February school half term. Children in this age group can have the vaccine if they have a condition that means they’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or if they live with someone who has a weakened immune system.

The clinics, which can either be booked online or attended on a walk-in basis, are being held at the following dates and times:

Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, LE11 5JY

  • Monday 14 February – 12.15pm – 3.15pm
  • Wednesday 16 February – 12.15pm – 3.15pm
  • Friday 18 February – 3.15pm – 7.15pm
  • Sunday 20 February – 8.15am – 11.15am

Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester, LE4 6DP

  • Tuesday 15 February – 3.15pm – 7.15pm
  • Thursday 17 February – 3.15pm – 7.15pm
  • Saturday 19 February – 12.15pm – 3.15pm

Further details, including all walk-in clinics across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, can be found at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

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