Posted on Thursday 13th May 2021
People eligible for their first Covid-19 vaccine in Burton are being given another opportunity to book a slot at a local community centre.
A pop-up Vaccine Clinic will be held at the Burton Caribbean Association centre on Uxbridge Street, on Friday 21 May between 11am and 4pm.
It will be open to all people aged over 38 - plus any other adult members of the same household. The drive is an effort to encourage as many eligible residents to come forward and book an appointment as soon as possible.
Take up of the vaccine is low amongst certain communities in the Burton area. Staffordshire County Council and its NHS partners are working closely with local community groups to ensure as many eligible people as possible take up the offer of a vaccine.
Eligible people include:
• All those 38 years of age and over
• Or people turning 38 before 1 July 2021
• Household members of the above, aged over 18
• Frontline health and social care workers
• Adults who have received a letter from the NHS notifying them that they are clinically extremely vulnerable
• People with learning disabilities
• People over 16 with underlying health conditions
• Paid carers
Take up is strictly by booking only. Eligible people in all communities are being urged to call Staffordshire County Council on 0300 111 8050 to book their vaccine appointment.
Appointments must be booked in advance and phonelines are open in the morning from 9:00am (Friday 14 May). The cut off for bookings will be 5:00pm on Wednesday 19 May.
Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council said:
“We have seen that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds have been more vulnerable to Covid-19 and uptake of the vaccine in these communities is generally lower than average, both nationally and in the Burton area.
“We must continue to do all we can to overcome any barriers or perceptions that may exist. It’s important to encourage people from younger age groups and every community to take up the vaccination and protect themselves from the deadly virus.”
Burton Caribbean Association’s Trevor Wright said:
“It’s great news that we have a pop-up Vaccine Clinic here at the centre on Uxbridge Street and I am urging people from all nearby communities to come forward and book their slot.
“I have had my Covid vaccination – it’s an extremely straight-forward process and all done in a matter of minutes.
“I felt great having it, as I now know I have done my bit to protect myself and my loved ones and I would encourage everybody to do the same.”
Dr Shammy Noor of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Vaccination Programme added:
“This will be our fourth pop-up vaccine centre in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and each of them have been a great success with almost 900 people vaccinated so far.
“Holding them in the very heart of the community helps get the message across that they are safe, effective and it’s not a complicated process. It’s been a good way to overcome some of the barriers that potentially exist and I’m sure this next pop–up Vaccine Clinic in Burton will prove popular .
“People should let their family, friends and colleagues know that this pop-up is happening and to book themselves and their family members on if they are eligible.”