Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is putting on three more specialist Covid-19 vaccination clinics in Leicester ahead of the end of the Covid-19 booster campaign.

The clinics are open to all children, young people and adults, but in particular those with a learning disability and their close family, carers and friends. The clinics will be running from the following venues:

  • Monday 6 February, Rothesay CAMHS, 352A London Road, LE2 2PL, from 10.30am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 February, Loughborough Hospital Vaccination Centre, Hospital Way, Loughborough LE11 5JY from 10.30am – 5.30pm
  • Friday 10 February, The Agnes Unit, Anstey Lane, LE7 7GL, from 10am – 4pm

The clinics are part of a series of award-winning community Covid-19 vaccination sessions offering first, second and booster doses (while they’re still available as part of the autumn booster campaign). They provide attendees a friendly and calm atmosphere, longer appointment times, where needed, and vaccinators specialising in learning disability support and care – to help to provide the best environment to enable people to have the vaccine. Each appointment can also be tailored to suit the individual’s needs.

Surekha Joshi, operational lead for the Trust’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “Though many of us are now used to living with Covid-19, over the winter we saw rates of the virus rise in England. It is still very important to continue to do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the virus, especially for those who are more likely to become very poorly if they catch Covid-19, including people with a learning disability.

“Getting the protection from the vaccine is the best way to stay healthy. The vaccine is safe and offers good protection against Covid-19. It also means that if you do catch Covid-19 after you’ve had the vaccine, you reduce your risk of getting very ill and passing it on to others.

“It’s also important that people who want their booster, in particular, come forward as soon as possible, to ensure they can get their protection before the autumn/ winter booster campaign finishes.”

People can book in advance using the details below, though some walk-in appointments will be available too.

Surekha added: “Our vaccination clinics have been designed to cater for the different needs of individuals, including giving people the time they need to get used to the environment. Our vaccinators are very kind and friendly. They will do everything they can to make people feel as safe and relaxed as possible.”

To book an appointment at the clinics, please email lpt.covidcampaign@nhs.net with the person’s name, age and any requirements or adaptations needed. The vaccine used will be Pfizer/BioNTech but please note that children will be given a smaller dose than young people and adults.

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.

As well as getting the protection of the vaccine, there are many other things you can do to help to stop the spread and reduce the risk of catching of Covid-19 including:

  • Meeting with people outside rather than inside (if possible)
  • Opening windows and doors to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • Avoiding crowded places
  • Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth if you don’t have clean hands.

The NHS website also has more detailed guidance on keeping yourself safe if you’re at high risk from coronavirus: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/advice-for-people-at-high-risk/

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