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Who’s eligible for the covid vaccine and where to get it done over the coming week

27th August 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is encouraging people to take advantage of the many drop-in clinics for the covid vaccine taking place this bank holiday weekend and into the following week, including clinics coming up at King Power Stadium.

Dr Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, said: “We have clinics set up in a range of locations for people aged 16 and 17, for adults of all ages and for children aged 12 to 15 who are classed as being at increased risk from covid or who live with someone who’s at risk.

“Now that we all have more freedom and life is getting back to something more like normal, it’s easy to feel as if covid is going away, but it’s still very much here and with people mixing more freely, cases are rising once again. It’s vitally important that anyone who’s eligible gets vaccinated, the vaccine is safe and effective. If you’re aged over 18 make sure you get both doses, as you won’t get the full protection from just one dose.

“If you have previously not come forward for the vaccine, for any reason, I urge you to reconsider and to get it done now. It’s not too late and you’ve not missed your chance, whatever your age.”

Over the coming week, people aged 17¾  (17 years and nine months) or over can attend drop-in clinics for a wide range of locations including East Goscote, Loughborough, Hinckley, Fosse Park, Shepshed, South Wigston, Barwell and several sites in Leicester City. First and second doses are available and you should have an eight week gap between doses.

Alternatively, 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.

16 and 17 year olds can have the vaccine, with no need to make an appointment, at clinics in East Goscote, Loughborough, Shepshed, South Wigston and several sites in Leicester City. Only one dose of vaccine is required for this age group.

Dr Caroline Trevithick added: “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. Alternatively, if your GP practice is offering the vaccine, they will contact you to make an appointment.”

Next week walk-in covid vaccination clinics will also be taking place at King Power Stadium.

The clinics are open to anyone aged 16 or over, between Friday 3 September and Sunday 5 September from 11am to 7pm. The vaccine provided will be Pfizer, for both first or second doses. Pre-booked appointments are not needed, you can just walk in, but anyone wishing to attend at a specific time can reserve a place HERE.

The clinics will be located at turnstile W1 at King Stadium, with NHS marshals on hand across the three days to provide further support and information.

Leicester City Football Club Ambassador, Alan Birchenall, said: ‘It’s great to once again be hosting the COVID-19 vaccination clinics at King Power Stadium. Covid has really restricted our lives, so the sooner we can get back to doing the things we love, with the people who are most important to us, the better.’

Dr Caroline Trevithick said: “We’re so pleased to be able to run clinics from King Power Stadium for a second time and we hope it will encourage many more people to come forward for this life-saving vaccine.”

It has also been announced this week that 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.

However, there is no need to wait to be invited. Vaccine clinics for eligible 12-15 year olds are being held at Loughborough Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary and appointments can be booked by parents or guardians online or by telephoning 0116 497 5700.

Appointments for eligible 12-15 year olds can be booked online using the following links:

Children aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated if either:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • or they have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19 themselves

Conditions that mean your child may be at high risk and can get vaccinated are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they’re on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they’re more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

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/


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