Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is putting on its final three specialist Covid-19 vaccination clinics for people with a learning disability, and their family and carers, in Loughborough and Leicester this April.
The clinics are open to eligible children (aged 5 plus), young people and adults with a learning disability and their close family and carers. The clinics will be running from the following venues:
- Tuesday 18 April: The Vaccination Centre, Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, Loughborough LE11 5JY, from 12pm-6pm
- Wednesday 26 April: The Agnes Unit, Anstey Lane, Leicester, LE7 7GL, from 10:30am-4:30pm
- Saturday 29 April: The Vaccination Centre, Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, Loughborough LE11 5JY, from 9am-2:30pm
These are the last clinics of their kind being organised by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. They are the final three, in a series of 28-award-winning, bespoke community Covid-19 vaccination sessions which have offered first, second and booster doses to more than 640 patients with a learning disability – who would otherwise not have been able to get the vaccine and its protection.
The clinics are unique as they provide attendees with a friendly and calm atmosphere, longer appointment times and vaccinators specialising in learning disability support and care. Each appointment can also be tailored to suit the individual’s needs and vaccinations can also be given in cars to help those who do not feel comfortable coming into the sites.
Surekha Joshi, operational lead for the Trust’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “This is a bittersweet moment as we announce these clinics are coming to an end. Although it is positive that the demand for the clinics has reduced significantly since they began, it has been an honour to provide this outstanding offer. LPT acted as UK leaders in establishing these safe and supportive environments, to allow individuals most at risk of getting extremely poorly from the virus, to access the Covid-19 vaccine in a way that was right for them. I can’t thank and praise the people who have helped to set up, organise and run these clinics enough; all have done so with so much care, kindness and compassion.”
The first clinic was held on 14 May 2021 at the Peepul Centre, and since we have held them at Loughborough Hospital, Feilding Palmer Hospital, The Agnes Unit, the Rothesay CAMHS site and even the Highcross Shopping Centre.
Surekha added: “If you, or a loved one, still wants to get the protection from the Covid-19 vaccine and is eligible for these clinics, this is your last chance to book on – please do not miss out if you think we can help.”
People can book in advance using the details below, though some walk-in appointments will be available too.
To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the person’s name, age and any requirements or adaptations needed. You call also call 07917 734725 to book. Calls will be answered Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm only. Outside of these hours there is a voicemail service to leave a message.
The vaccine used will be Pfizer/BioNTech; children will be given a smaller dose than young people and adults.
Those who need to get a Covid-19 vaccine after the clinics end, will still be able to do so through their GP and participating community pharmacies.
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