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150,000 people vaccinated with first dose in Tower Hamlets

150,000 residents in Tower Hamlets have now received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, with over 73,000 residents fully vaccinated with two doses. While the numbers mark a huge achievement for the council and its health partners, there are still more eligible residents yet to take up the vaccine.

With the average age of residents in Tower Hamlets being 31, more residents have become eligible in recent weeks with eligibility being expanded nationally. Because of the borough’s young population, it is a really important time for Tower Hamlets to get vaccinated.

In Tower Hamlets, residents can book their vaccine at a number of local clinics including the Arts Pavilion in Mile End, Cable Street GP Surgery and community pharmacies, Lincoln pharmacy and Lansbury pharmacy. The council also run pop up clinics at the East London Mosque, Granby Hall and other community spaces. Anyone eligible can book their appointment at mass vaccination clinics. The closest to Tower Hamlets is Westfield Vaccination Centre (Olympic Park East).

This weekend (Saturday 19 June) there is also a mass vaccination event taking place at the London Stadium, open to all residents in North East London, including anyone eligible in Tower Hamlets. The event is unique in offering vaccination to anyone 18 years and older (nationally vaccination is open to anyone 21 and over).

The Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and two doses provide people with maximum protection from Covid-19. Those vaccinated are far less likely to get Covid-19 with symptoms and even more unlikely to get serious Covid-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it. The vaccines have also shown to be effective against known Covid-19 variants, including the Delta variant, which now makes up the majority of Covid-19 cases in the UK.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Getting vaccinated is the most effective way people can protect themselves from Covid-19. While we have reached a significant milestone, there is still more we need to do to get all those eligible, currently anyone 21 and over, vaccinated.

“With cases of Covid-19 once again rising, everyone who is eligible should take up the offer of free vaccination. Vaccination combined with regular testing, whether symptomatic or not, are the most powerful tools we have against Covid-19.

“As a council we’ll continue to play our part in supporting people from across our community to get their vaccine, including setting up more community clinics, engagement with communities and working with partners and community leaders to provide information on safety and efficacy.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is a fantastic that 150,000 residents have now had their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine – a big thank you to everyone who has stepped up to keep the whole community safe. However, we know there are still people that are eligible who are yet to take up the offer of the vaccine, and I’d strongly encourage anyone eligible to book their vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community.

“It is important that everyone remembers, two doses are needed for maximum protection. Even if people have been vaccinated, everyone should take a rapid test twice a week and practise hands, face, space, fresh air wherever possible. All of these tools together can continue to save lives.”

Tower Hamlets Council and the NHS continue to run their #Ihadmyjab campaign, which encourages people to take a photo and share it on social media with their vaccine story, to encourage others to take up the vaccine offer.

The council’s dedicated vaccine helpline (020 7364 3030) can support all eligible residents to book their appointment at local clinics. It is staffed with a team that speak eight community languages. Anyone wanting to book appointments at national NHS run clinics can book through the national system.

Posted on Thursday 17th June 2021