You got the (King) Power – over two thousand people vaccinated at King Power Stadium
16th November 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in
More than two thousand people took up the call to ‘Get vaxxed – stay on track’ last weekend, at a series of Covid-19 vaccine clinics hosted by King Power Stadium.
A total of 2,070 adults and children attended the clinics, which took place from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 November, offering first, second and booster doses, as well as third primary doses for the those most at risk from Covid-19.
Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We were really pleased to see so many people come along for their jabs. This was the third time we’ve held vaccine clinics at King Power Stadium, and every time it proves more popular than before – we had just over a thousand people at our previous weekend of clinics in September, and this weekend we saw almost double that figure.
“It’s great to see the message is being heard by people in and around Leicester – that it’s really important that we all get vaxxed to stay on track with our lives. The best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 is to get the vaccine.”
Starting this week, more people are now eligible for the booster vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that, in addition to those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from coronavirus, all adults aged 40 to 49 years should also be offered a booster dose, six months after their second dose.
A further change announced by the JCVI this week is that all 16 to 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the vaccine, 12 weeks or more after the first vaccine dose. Up until now most young people in this age group were only offered a single dose.
Leicester’s Director of Public Health, Professor Ivan Browne, said: “It’s good to see that so many people took advantage of this walk-in clinic to get their jabs.
“Although this particular clinic has now closed, there are lots of places in Leicester where you can get jabbed, from local pharmacies to vaccination centres.
“Vaccination is still the best protection you can get against Covid-19, and with cases rising locally I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet had all the vaccinations for which they are eligible, to make arrangements to get them now.”
There is a range of options available for getting the vaccine in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, including pre-booked appointments and walk-in clinics, and more information can be found at bit.ly/LLRVacBook.