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5 on Friday: 14th April 2022

20th April 2022 | By Communications Team | Posted in

Welcome to the Easter edition of 5 on Friday 
14th April 2022

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to wish everyone a happy Easter.

Hundreds of vax heroes come forward for vital jab

Hundreds of children aged 5 years and over have been coming forward for their vital Covid jab, leaving as vax heroes, by being awarded with a certificate for their bravery.

Our local NHS team opened additional clinics to children of this age group, making it easier and accessible for parents to take their children to get vaccinated.

The drive-thru centre at County Hall in Glenfield has been open 7 days a week this week for parents to take their children along.

Nationally, almost five million children in this age group are eligible for two doses of the vaccine following updated JCVI guidance, which recommended children can benefit from the vaccine.

A number of local clinics are available in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, providing vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds, with more sites coming online throughout the holidays. The majority of vaccines for children have been taking place at local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours and are available to book through the online booking service or by calling 119.

There are plenty of clinics taking place locally over the school holidays. More information on clinics, locations and times is available at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

If you are due a vaccine, you can get yours this bank holiday weekend at various locations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The drive-thru vaccination centre at County Hall has already proved to be a popular choice with parents this week and will be open between Wednesday and Sunday next week. For opening times, please visit the CCG website. First, second, third and first and second booster doses are available to people aged 5 years and over.

There is also a pop-up clinic taking place at McDonald’s on Epinal Way, Loughborough from tomorrow:

  • Friday 15th April
  • Saturday 16 April
  • Monday 18 April

All clinics take place between 10am – 6pm, offering first, second, third and first and second booster doses and are available to people aged 5 years and over.

There are still many other opportunities to get a COVID-19 vaccine this weekend. Further walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations and booked appointments are offered in some cases as indicated:
Friday 15th April

  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-5.30pm. Age 5+  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby. Age 5+ 9am-6pm,  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 9am-6pm  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Hinckley Leisure Centre, Argents Mead, Hinckley LE10 1BZ. 12pm-7.15pm Age 5+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Macdonalds Shelthorpe, Epinal Way, Park Rd Roundabout, Loughborough LE11 2HJ Age 5+ 10am-6pm   1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 5+ 11am-7pm   1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am-5.15pm, Age 5-11 yrs 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st or 2nd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Groby Road Medical Centre, 9 Groby Rd, Leicester LE3 9ED. Age 12+ 9.45am-6pm 1st or 2nd doses. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • County Hall Drive Thru. Age 5+ 10am-7pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.

Saturday 16th April

  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-5.30pm.Age 5+ 1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby. Age 5+ 9am-3pm,  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 9am-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Macdonalds Shelthorpe, Epinal Way, Park Rd Roundabout, Loughborough LE11 2HJ Age 5+ 9pm-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 5+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Leicester General Hospital, (Age 12+ 8.30-4pm) 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ Age 5+ 9am-1pm 1st or 2nd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, Age 12+ 8.15am-3.15pm. 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • County Hall Drive Thru. Age 5+ 10am-7pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.

Sunday 17th April

  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 12pm-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary Age 12+ 8.30am-4pm 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Fielding Palmer Hospital, Age 12+ 12.15pm-3.15pm. 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • County Hall Drive Thru. Age 5+ 10am-7pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.

Monday 18th April

  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby, Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Macdonalds Shelthorpe, Epinal Way, Park Rd Roundabout, Loughborough LE11 2HJ Age 5+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st or 2nd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 5+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Booster
Public services banding together to support Ukranian refugees

Families and children fleeing Ukraine are starting to arrive in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as councils, NHS, Police, East Midlands Airport and other organisations team up to provide vital support and a safe place to live.  Around 500 people are being welcomed over the next few months to live with people who have offered space in their homes as part of the Government Home for Ukraine scheme.

Local partners are working together to make sure refugees and coordinate access to vital services and support including accommodation, safeguarding, healthcare, education, translation and employment.

Bo Prychidnyj, from the Leicester Ukrainian Community Centre, said: “The Leicester and Leicestershire Ukrainian Community welcomes our Ukrainian brothers and sisters arriving in Leicestershire. We offer our support and assistance to you all as you settle into a hopefully safe and secure environment. We wish to thank the various bodies for your hard work and hope we can continue to work closely together in supporting both refugees and sponsors.”

More information is available at:

For people living in Leicester: www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/support-for-refugees-and-people-in-crisis/information-for-ukrainians/

For people living in Leicestershire: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/support-for-ukraine

For people living in Rutland: www.rutland.gov.uk/ukraine

From left to right clinical lead Henry King, site manager Sasha Heaney, Maggie Throup, operational lead Elsa Adams and Mr Pickfords Pharmacy managing director Mimi Lau.
On Monday this week, Maggie Throup, Vaccine Minister visited Oakham Enterprise Park, one of the local Covid 19 vaccination sites in Rutland.

Vaccination services are provided at the site by Mr Pickfords Pharmacy.

During her visit the Minister took a guided tour of the centre and met with staff, volunteers and vaccinators as well as taking up the opportunity to meet with members of the centre responsible for widening awareness of the vaccine and encouraging take up.

After her visited Maggie tweeted, “Great to meet the hardworking staff and volunteers today at a vaccine centre in Oakham, Rutland. Thank you for doing everything you can to administer jabs quickly and encourage uptake. Please come forward as soon as you can to protect yourself as we live with Covid.”

How to contact the NHS this Easter bank holiday weekend

Although GP practices will be closed this bank holiday weekend, other health services are still open for you if you need medical assistance.

There are several ways in which you can access the NHS over the long weekend:

  • If you need urgent health advice when your usual GP practice is closed, please contact NHS111 online 111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111. This service provides self-care advice on common ailments and, if necessary, they can arrange for you to see a nurse or doctor at one of the Healthcare Hubs in Leicester City or Urgent Care Centres in the County and Rutland.
  • Your local pharmacy, or chemist, isn’t just the place where you pick up your prescribed medicines. Pharmacists are qualified health professionals and are the right people to see if you need advice or over-the-counter medicines. You can view Easter opening times here http://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/services-over-easter/ or check on your local pharmacy website.
  • If you have an urgent mental health need, call the Central Access Point (CAP) on 0116 295 3060, 24 hours a day. The service will arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service.
  • If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.

If you need medical help or have any health concerns over the bank holiday, the NHS is here for you, and you should still seek medical help if you need it. Please remember, if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, please do not go to any health services in person, unless an appointment has been made in advance.   For advice on what to do if you have coronavirus please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

For more information on health services, including pharmacies, over Easter please visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-midlands-work/bank-holiday-pharmacy-opening-times/

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