Bolton Vaccination Bus rolls into town

Get on board and get your vaccination! That’s the message to people who still haven’t had their Covid-19 vaccination yet.

Anyone who fits the current criteria below is invited to get their life-saving vaccination when the Bolton Vaccination Bus rolls into town – no ticket needed!

The current vaccination criteria is:

  • Aged 50 and over
  • Carers
  • People who have been shielding
  • People who have a long term health condition

The Vaccination Bus will initially make stops around the Deane, Daubhill, Derby and Great Lever areas from today (Wednesday, April 14), but it could be coming to a street, community venue or place of worship near you!

The bus is for first doses only.

The 12.5 metre single-deck coach has been kitted out to provide three vaccination booths. A Covid-secure one-way system will be in place and wheelchair lift access is available.

The Vaccination Bus will be parked up at key locations for a set period of time and anyone who spots the bus and fits the criteria, can be vaccinated there and then.

Teams will also be in the areas, knocking on doors and drumming up interest, and representatives from local community groups will be on hand to welcome people.

Health professionals will be available if anyone wishes to discuss their vaccination or has concerns.

The first location will be the car park at Bolton Medical Centre, Rupert Street, where the bus will be parked from 10am to 4pm on April 14.

Then on Saturday, April 17 the bus will be at The Olive Tree Primary School, opposite Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, in Adelaide Street (also known as SKSSP Hindu Temple). Also from 10am to 4pm.

Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bolton, and clinical director of Commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “I’m really thrilled to be bringing the Bolton Vaccination Bus to town in conjunction with Bolton GP Federation. You won’t be able to miss it!

“We have identified some initial locations where we know people still haven’t had their first dose of the vaccine, but there is potential for us to take the bus to other places where we feel it might be needed.

“We have all pulled together as a town and made great progress with the vaccination programme, so let’s not stop now. Vaccinating as many people as we can will help us on the road back to normality.

“All I can say is look out for the big blue and white bus with NHS Bolton Covid Vaccination Service down the side. It could be coming to a street near you!”

Michael Smith, chief officer of Bolton GP Federation, added: “We are thrilled that the latest phase of our vaccination programme in Bolton is underway. Having the vaccine bus directly in the streets of our communities is really important for us; we want to make sure everyone can get a vaccine if they want one. Don’t forget, if you aren’t sure or have questions, come down anyway and talk to one of our doctors or nurses.”

The vehicle has been provided by North West family-run firm, Holmeswood Coaches Ltd.

Duncan Aspinall from Holmeswood Coaches Ltd said: “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative, it’s great to see such an effort being made to ensure a successful roll out of the vaccination programme.

“We can already see the shoots of recovery in our own business that the vaccinations are helping to make possible.”

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is being led nationally by NHS England, and Bolton CCG is managing arrangements at a local level.

Vaccination of residents is according to a priority list, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), based on age and vulnerability of people and the risk of them becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid-19.

The Vaccination Bus is for first doses only. Anyone waiting for their second dose will be contacted when the time is right.

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