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Barts Health bringing vaccinations to the local community

  • A team from Barts Health NHS Trust have set up a temporary Covid-19 vaccination clinic in a community centre linked to a temple in east London

  • The team from the NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre, Newham, identified an area with low vaccine uptake and invited individuals fitting the JCVI guidelines to come for a vaccination closer to home and in a familiar environment.

  • 33 local people were invited to the outreach clinic, running on the 18 February, to receive their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

A team from Barts Health NHS Trust have set up a temporary Covid-19 vaccination clinic in a community centre linked to a temple in east London.

Working with colleagues from local councils and clinical commissioning groups, the team from the NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre, Newham, identified an area with low vaccine uptake and invited individuals fitting the JCVI guidelines to come for a vaccination closer to home and in a familiar environment.

In total, 33 local people were invited to the outreach clinic, running on the 18 February, to receive their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Everyone who received a vaccine at this clinic will have the option to receive their second dose at another outreach clinic.

Tejal Patel, pharmacy manager and the outreach clinic lead, said: “It’s important that we go the extra mile to make sure everybody who is eligible to receive the vaccine is doing so. We need to make people feel at ease and be on hand to answer any questions they may have and allay any fears. By bringing the clinic closer to the local community, we’re able to reach those who may otherwise not come for a vaccination.”

Mr Balbil Singh Barmi, 69, who works as a driver for children with learning disabilities, said: "I'm very glad I could have a Covid-19 vaccine and that I could have it somewhere familiar to me.

“I am a member of the temple and so coming somewhere that I know, where I know the people, was very reassuring to me. I wanted to get the vaccine when I was offered it because of my work and because it will help us get back to normal."

The Barts Health team that ran the clinic at the temple include a pharmacist and a healthcare professional who administers the vaccine. Prior to the clinic being set up, a full assessment of the area was done to ensure it is safe for those receiving the vaccine and those delivering it.

Barts Health are working with local colleagues to identify further opportunities and locations for other such outreach clinics.

Read more: 

  • More information about the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Centre, Newham, can be found on the website.
  • People within cohorts 1-6 are currently being vaccinated, in line with JCVI guidance.

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  1. Matthew Vickery Tuesday, 2 March 2021 at 07:52 PM

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    I am 39 and the father of a 2 year old boy who is currently undergoing chemotherapy because he has Retinoblastoma. I am also a secondary school teacher. I have not had COVID in the last 24 days. I live with my son and My Fiancé who I live is pregnant with our second child. I was wondering if I might be eligible for a vaccine as I am a primary carer for a child who is vulnerable.
    Kind regards, Matthew Vickery

  2. Ana Lecic Friday, 5 March 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Hi, I got a Pfizer vaccine on 28th January by walking in and you had free appointments.
    however, 2nd dose was not booked and when I called your operator they told me they do not have a contact for your vaccination team and to call main England number for vaccination.
    when I did, the England vaccination team told me as I received Pfizer they cannot book me for a 2nd dose and that your team will need to do it.
    Could you please help me as your switch board team do not have a contact for your vaccination team?
    Many thanks,
    Ana

  3. Baluji Shrivastav Wednesday, 17 March 2021 at 05:10 PM

    I am 70 blind and suffer from pulmonary fibrosis. I have a Pfizer Jab Jan28. Can I book my second jab? Thanks