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Raines House community hub becomes vaccine centre


As part of ongoing efforts to support Covid-19 vaccination, Tower Hamlets Council and partners have worked together to make one of the borough’s community hubs, Raines House, a new vaccination site.

The new site was identified by community pharmacists based at Tower Pharmacy in Wapping, as part of work to extend the service they were able to offer. Increased capacity will mean a greater ability to meet local needs and ensure sufficient capacity for residents yet to become eligible for the booster or yet to get vaccinated.

Raines House, a modern site which can offer space for six vaccination stations during operational hours, will be a welcome addition to the already significant vaccine offering in the borough. The site can currently vaccinate anyone aged 16 and over.

Tower Hamlets Council run the space and have funded the cost of making the community space available for vaccination, as part of its ongoing commitment to vaccinating as many residents as possible.

Tower Hamlets Council, NHS England London, North East London Health and Care Partnership and Tower Pharmacy worked together to make the new site operational and is another example of partnership work to improve local outcomes for residents.

Over 207,000 residents in Tower Hamlets have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and over 125,000 have had their vital booster dose. However, there is still more work to be done in reaching more residents, particularly the young, hard to reach communities and vulnerable groups.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “This is an excellent example of our partnership work to improve local outcomes for residents, which has been a central to our Covid-19 response.

“As we move toward living with Covid-19, we know in Tower Hamlets there is still a lot of work to do in vaccinating our residents and we will continue work to make the process as easy as possible and keep our community safe.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Lead Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Raines House will be an important addition to the many local sites already providing vaccination to our residents, including health centres, community pharmacies, community hubs and our mobile vaccination bus.

“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. You can also join up to become a Covid Champion to support the community to stay safe.”

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 Wednesday 2nd February 2022