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Council taking vaccine clinics into hard reach groups in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council is holding vaccination clinics in key locations to increase and make readily available, vaccinations for hard to reach groups.

The targeted outreach clinics, currently being held in local accommodations supporting asylum seekers, is just one way the council is taking vaccinations into communities and hard to reach groups, to get people jabbed.

Understanding some groups like asylum seekers may not feel confident attending clinics in health centres and community spaces, the council has worked with NHS partners including Barts Health NHS Trust and the Tower Hamlets GP Care Group, to set up much needed clinics in trusted spaces.

So far these outreach clinics have vaccinated over 200 asylum seekers.

Undocumented migrants are another group the council has been actively working to support. Using a rights-based approach and prioritising healthcare for all, potential barriers to accessing healthcare are removed.

The council has funded engagement and facilitated partnerships between the NHS, charity, and independent organisations, leading to a further 227 undocumented migrants being vaccinated in the borough.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We’re working really hard locally to continue to improve vaccine rates and this is another example of how we are taking the vaccine gap in hard to reach groups seriously.

“Through clinics, targeted outreach work and our mobile bus, with health partners we are committed to reaching all pockets of our diverse communities with vaccination; ensuring everyone has the opportunity to protect themselves with confidence.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Lead Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s vitally important that our local vaccine programme works to meet the needs of all residents, including harder to reach groups. Getting the jab helps keep you, your friends, family and community safe.

“Through close working with partners, community outreach and grassroots organisations, we tailor our vaccine offer to ensure we are meeting local needs and making vaccination as accessible as possible – with our Covid Champions, ambassadors and bus all out and about supporting the vaccine programme.

“Please come forward and take up the offer of vaccination, whether your first, second or booster. We all must continue to play our part in protecting each other and keeping Tower Hamlets safe.”

Over 209,000 residents in Tower Hamlets have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and over 127,000 have had their vital booster dose.

Details of all vaccine clinics can be found on the council website, including locations the mobile vaccine bus visits weekly: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/vaccine.

Posted on Thursday 10th February 2022