NHS Bolton CCG statement: enhanced vacciantion
Enhanced vaccination via the Vaccination Bus at Essa Academy has been underway in the BL3 area since Monday, May 10 in response to the Covid-19 variant of concern, primarily in Deane, Rumworth and Great Lever.
Since then we have extended this to include people who live, work or study in the neighbouring BL4 area, as well as maximising capacity on site with the help of volunteers and voluntter vaccinators from the St John Ambulance.
At its height, we had 42 vaccinators on site over the weekend of May 15/16 and we vaccinated around 6,000 people.
To make this work, we’ve had boots on the ground sharing information about testing and vaccination. We've had a fantastic host in Essa Academy and an intense operational response from Bolton GP Federation and volunteers like the St John Ambulance. We're also grateful for the continued support from CCG staff and our partners at Bolton Council and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and the generous support from the community itself.
Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the vaccination programme in Bolton, said: “This action is being taken to protect everyone in Bolton and to help stop the spread of the new variant.
“Over these last few weeks, I have experienced partnership working like never before to get the job done and respond to a situation in the very best interests of our local communities.
“We are doing all that we can to make vaccination as accessible as possible to those people in the affected areas and we continue to vaccinate within JCVI guidance.
“These are areas of high deprivation and we know that some people face barriers to getting their vaccine, such as childcare issues, not wanting to use public transport or not being able to afford to travel, or not having credit on a phone to make an appointment.”
The current vaccination criteria is (as of May 18) people aged 36 and over, people at high risk of Covid-19, including the clinically extremely vulnerable and people who have a long-term health condition, carers, and health and social care workers.