Vaccination clinics at two children’s centres

Two children’s centres are to host Covid-19 vaccination clinics this weekend for people registered at certain GP practices.

Harvey Children’s Centre, in Shaw Street, will be available for appointments on Saturday, March 20 and Great Lever Children’s Centre, in Leonard Street, will be available on Sunday, March 21.

Both venues will be open from 8am to 4pm and appointments are available for people registered at the following GP practices only:

  • Deane Medical Centre
  • Dr Loomba
  • Dr Zarrouk
  • Beehive Surgery
  • Orient House Medical Centre
  • Dr Dakshina-Murthi
  • Dr Sidda
  • Al Fal Medical Group
  • Deane Clinic
  • 3D Medical Centre
  • Bolton General Practice
  • Bolton Medical Centre
  • The Olive Family Practice

Appointments must be booked in advance via one of three ways:

  • Click on the booking link sent in a text message, direct from your GP practice
  • Contact your GP practice via the usual number
  • Phone the vaccination hotline, open 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 4pm Saturday: 01204 462125 or 01204 462157 (these are independent numbers not linked to any GP practice)

Marshals who can speak different languages will be on hand to help those whose first language is not English. However, people are advised to bring a family member or someone from their support bubble to help translate if needed.

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: “We have held a number of pop-up sites in conjunction with the GP Federation already and they have proved popular. People seem to like the fact that they are at the heart of their community.

"In order to extend our community presence, the GP Federation is holding two clinics in children’s centres – both well-known locations within their local communities.

“Both sites must be booked in advance and places are limited for anyone over the age of 50, those who are shielding, a registered carer or those with a long term health condition.”

Councillor Susan Baines, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for wellbeing, said: “We are happy to be supporting the vaccination programme by making our buildings available in a Covid-safe way. We support anything which encourages the uptake of the vaccination by making it easier for people to get vaccinated in their community at a venue close to them.”

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.

Bolton is currently vaccinating people over 50, anyone with a long term health condition, carers, and people who are shielding.

People from the above groups will be able to book an appointment at the children’s centres sites if they are registered at any of the 13 GP practices listed.

These clinics are for first doses only. Anyone waiting for their second dose will be contacted when the time is right.

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