To help increase vaccinations and get key communities get jabbed, Tower Hamlets Council has started 2022 with a new timetable for the council’s vaccination bus, with locations chosen specifically to help vaccinate hard to reach communities and groups.
The bus, which can vaccinate on the spot, is one of the ways the council is supporting residents to get their vaccination. Offering first, second and booster doses, bus staff can engage with members of the community, provide information, reassurance and importantly, protection against Covid-19 through vaccination.
The new locations will help reach communities including black Caribbean residents, the Somali community, students and young people and particularly vulnerable groups such as the homeless. While locations have been chosen for their ability to reach specific communities, the vaccine bus is open to anyone and has been vaccinating many members of the public ‘passing by’ in recent weeks.
Over 200,000 residents in Tower Hamlets have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and over 100,000 have had their vital booster dose. However, with rates of Covid remaining high there is still more work to be done in reaching more residents, particularly the vulnerable.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We’re continuing to work hard with health partners to make getting jabbed as easy as possible, and educate all residents on the importance of protecting themselves and others through vaccination.
“We know there is still more work to be done locally to improve vaccine rates and our vaccine bus is just one example of how we are taking the vaccine gap in hard to reach groups seriously.”
Details of the vaccine bus locations can be found on the council website, alongside all other clinics offering jabs in Tower Hamlets: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/vaccine.
Councillor Rachel Blake, Lead Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Alongside our bus we have more clinics than ever across Tower Hamlets offering vaccination.
“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.”
Posted on Thursday 13th January 2022