South Wigston is the latest location to be added to this week’s covid vaccine pop-up clinics
24th August 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Coronavirus
People living in South Wigston and surrounding areas are being encouraged to get the covid vaccine at a pop-up clinic taking place this week at a local college.
This Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th August, people who are eligible for the vaccine can go to the South Wigston Campus of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, on Blaby Road, between 11am and 7pm
People of all ages can attend, including 16 and 17 year olds, and NHS bosses are keen to see as many people from the neighbourhood take up the opportunity as possible.
Dr Ravi Sahdev, GP at Central Wigston Surgery and clinical lead for the South Wigston pop-up clinics, said: “This is the first time that we’ve held drop-in clinics in South Wigston. Previously, if your GP practice wasn’t giving the vaccine, your only other option locally was to go to The Kube at Leicester Racecourse. As a result, the vaccine take-up in South Wigston hasn’t been as high as some other places, and we want to put this right.
“We’ll be giving both first and second doses of the vaccine, and we’re encouraging eligible people of all ages, families and college students, to come along this week and get the life-saving vaccine. People can either drop in without an appointment, or they can book in advance online.
“Having the covid vaccine means young people can protect themselves, their family and their friends. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. I urge anyone eligible of any age to come forward and take up the offer.”
Covid vaccinations at the clinics in South Wigston this week can be booked online at: https://bit.ly/SouthWigston.
More clinics for 16 and 17 year olds are also taking place this week at four locations. No appointment is needed, young people can just turn up at one of the following clinics.
- St Hilda’s Church, Ling Dale, East Goscote LE7 3XW
Tuesday 24th August to Sunday 29th August 9.30am to 5.30pm
- Belgrave Pharmacy, 52 Brandon St, Leicester LE4 6AW
Saturday 28th August 2 to 6pm, Sunday 29th August 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
- Mr Pickford’s, 46B Lacey Court, Shepshed LE12 9QY
Thursday 25th August 12 to 5pm, Thursday 26th August 1 to 5pm, Friday 27th August 12 to 5pm
- Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester, LE3 1BL.
Wednesday 24th August to Friday 26th August 10am to 6pm.
Dr Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, said: “Clinics for under 18s are required to have specific safeguards in place to make sure they meet the needs of this age group, including having clinicians who are trained in vaccination of people with a lower muscle mass. This is why only selected clinics are open to 16 and 17 year olds.
“More clinics are being set up all the time, so please do check our website. Clinics for 16 and 17 year olds are clearly marked as being specifically for this age group. Alternatively, if your GP practice is providing the covid vaccine they will contact you.”
People aged 17¾ (17 years and nine months) or over can book their vaccine using the National Booking Service or by calling 119. GP practices who are providing the covid vaccine are also contacting patients, and there is also the option to attend one of the drop-in clinics without needing an appointment.
Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically vulnerable to covid or who live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus are also being contacted by the NHS and invited for their vaccine.
Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
All the details of how to get the covid vaccine for all age groups, including the latest drop-in clinics, are available at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/