Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s next specialist learning disability Covid-19 vaccination clinic is being held on Friday 28 October and all eligible adults and young people aged 12 and over who need a vaccination are invited to book.

Taking place at Loughborough Hospital (Hospital Way, LE11 5JY) from 8am-8pm, the clinic will offer all those attending a calm and friendly environment that meets their needs. It is open to anyone with a learning disability in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aged 12 and over, who need a first, second or booster Covid-19 vaccination.

The clinics, which have been nominated for numerous awards, are designed for people who need a more supportive environment than an ordinary clinic can provide, with a calmer atmosphere, longer appointment times and vaccinators specialising in learning disability support and care.

All appointments need to be booked in advance to ensure the session can be managed to best suit patients’ needs. The vaccines used at the clinic will be Pfizer and Spikevax Moderna Bivalent (bivalent vaccines target two coronavirus variants). The vaccines on offer have been approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and meet the UK regulator’s standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Sam Screaton, who helped to launch the learning disability vaccination clinics, said: “We’ve had lots of interest in these clinics and for many people, it is the only environment available to them where they feel comfortable enough to have the vaccine.

“As we head into winter, we know that viruses tend to spread more rapidly than at other times of the year. People with a learning disability are more likely to become very poorly if they catch coronavirus. Getting the protection from the vaccine is the best way to stay healthy.

“These clinics are designed for people with a learning disability. Our vaccinators will do everything they can to make people feel as safe and relaxed as possible. Due to demand, we have opened up our next clinic to those aged 12 and above.”

Book onto the Friday 28 October clinic or share the short link with someone who may want to book on: https://bit.ly/3Ce5kI2

You call also call 07917 734725 to book. Please note that 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. Those booking are asked to specify in the additional comments box or over the phone if you need for us to make any specialist adaptations, such as needing a private or quiet space.

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