People urged to ‘grab a jab’ during weekend of walk-in clinics
20th January 2022 | By Communications Team | Posted in
People are being urged to Grab A Jab this weekend, with an increased number of walk-in sites for the covid vaccine available across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), including mobile clinics at new locations.
It is all part of the national drive to get more people vaccinated, with a record 1,800 sites nationally now on the Grab A Jab website, for people to conveniently grab their life-saving jab, as the NHS Vaccination Programme continues to protect the nation.
New clinic locations this week include Coalville Hospital and the Tesco stores at Shelthorpe and Hamilton. There will also be pop-up clinics at Highcross Shopping Centre and Hinckley Leisure Centre.
More than 2.2 million doses of the Covid vaccine have been given to people in LLR and 89 per cent of eligible people have had at least one dose of the vaccine. However, around 1 in 10 people have still not had their first vaccine dose.
Dr Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Our local Covid vaccination clinics are a quick and easy way to get vaccinated, whether you are due for your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster jab.
“We’ve arranged the clinics in popular locations to make vaccinations accessible for everyone who is eligible. If you’re out shopping at the location of one of our mobile clinics, you may spot our vaccination van, and we are also back at Highcross Shopping Centre with our pop-up clinic. Please do go along and get your life-saving jab.
“If you’re due a booster, it’s important to know that having the booster jab dramatically increases protection against Omicron, so you need to come forward and get that vital top-up dose. It is vital for protecting yourself and your loved ones from Covid and any dangers posed by long Covid, even if you have previously tested positive.
“No appointments are necessary – just turn up to give yourself the best protection against the virus.”
6.9 million people in England are four or more weeks late for their booster, and around 1.5 million people are overdue their booster by six weeks, which is considered “clinically late”.
UK Health Security Agency data demonstrates the great protection two doses offer. Whilst not enough to completely stop the surge of Omicron, adding an additional third dose prevents around 75 per cent of people from suffering with any Covid symptoms.
The NHS is also this week inviting eligible 16- and 17-year-olds to get their booster as well as children aged 12 to 15 if they are extremely clinically vulnerable, or if they live with an adult who is extremely clinically vulnerable. There is more information about who is eligible for the different vaccine doses at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
The full range of vaccine clinics locations across LLR can be found at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/