Pop-up vaccine clinics for ‘harder to reach’ residents ‘pleasant’ and ‘efficient’

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Colin Burns was one the first people to get their Covid-19 jab from a local pop-up clinic set up to help eligible residents to get their vaccines with less hassle. 

“This was a very pleasant trip,” said Colin, who attended a clinic in Streatham library on 10 April. “It was very straightforward, efficient and it all went smoothly.”

The clinic was also able to support people who had been shielding, those who found it difficult to attend appointments, and around 13 people who had not been registered with a GP before. 

“Several people who came in are from groups we find harder to reach like those who had been initially hesitant to get a vaccine,” said GP Dr Justin Hayes from the nearby Valley Road surgery.

The Blog recently reported on a campaign across Lambeth to combat vaccine hesitancy and make sure no resident is left behind.

Lambeth Council has also advised all residents to get a Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test as new cases of the Covid-19 variant first identified in South Africa were reported in the borough just after restrictions loosened nationally on 12 April. PCR tests can identify the presence of Covid variants which the quicker lateral flow tests do not.

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Queueing for a Covid test in Brockwell Park

The next walk-in clinics, for people who are in one of the first phase priority groups, will be run in Oval, at Montgomery Hall, 58 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SR, on Thursday 22 April from 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm, and on Saturday 24 April from 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm, and at Baldry Gardens health centre at 293 Streatham High Road, SW16 3NP, on Thursday 22 April from 9.30am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm.

More details on the NHS S E London website