Haringey’s vaccine bus is coming – get on board!
Next week will see the launch of Haringey’s very own vaccine bus – bringing a hyper-local Covid-19 vaccine service to the borough.
The vaccine bus is being launched in partnership between Haringey Council and the local NHS, and will offer an alternative, accessible way for communities to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Haringey Council and the NHS are working closely with communities and organisations to schedule vaccination clinics at priority locations across the borough, enabling eligible residents to receive the vaccine when the bus is in their area. The bus will visit areas where people may find it harder to access large-scale vaccination centres or other vaccine clinics and will be fully accessible.
It is intended that the bus will support the vaccine rollout by reaching people eligible for a vaccine who have not yet come forward for the jab. It will also aim to encourage people who may be less confident in having the jab through providing information and answering questions on site.
The bus will initially operate 2 days each week for scheduled vaccine clinics. The vaccine bus will begin its tour at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London campus next week.
The bus is being deployed in addition to the NHS and community vaccination sites that are in operation across Haringey. Residents should continue to book their Covid-19 jab at a vaccine centre or GP surgery if they can get there. In addition, there is an ongoing schedule of walk-in clinics, where people can access vaccination in Haringey, without the need to book. Full details are available on: www.haringey.gov.uk/vaccine
Dr Will Maimaris, Director of Public Health for Haringey said:
“The NHS vaccination programme has been a great success. However, uptake in some parts of Haringey is less than what is required to offer maximum protection from COVID-19 to all our communities.
“We know that certain communities may need extra reassurance or assistance to access vaccination, so we are introducing the vaccine bus to bridge that gap and make having the vaccine as convenient as possible.
“The evidence is clear – the vaccine offers the best protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and deaths due to COVID-19. We also know that the vaccine reduces the risk of passing on COVID-19 to others and gives us the best chance of moving forward to a more normal way of life.”
For more details of the vaccine bus and planned ‘stops’, including a booking system, please visit www.haringey.gov.uk/vaccine-bus
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