A pop-up vaccination clinic is opening in Worcestershire targeting eligible people who have not yet had a first jab.
The centre will be in Worcester until Friday, May 28, and will be open to anyone over the age of 32 who hasn’t yet had a first dose of the vaccine.
The area was chosen because health chiefs said “uptake has been lower” there.
It will be staffed by St John’s Ambulance volunteers and will be the first of its kind in the country.
The clinic will be at the King George V (KGV) Community Hub, in Brickfields Road, Worcester.
Health chiefs in Worcestershire said the pop-up clinic was intended for those people who still hadn’t had their first jab despite being eligible for some time.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, director of public health for Worcestershire, said the clinic would be staffed by St John’s Ambulance volunteers and local NHS staff and appointments would be offered at short notice.
“Across Worcestershire vaccine take-up has been really good and we are so grateful to everyone who has come forward so far,” she said.
“We do know there are some areas where take-up is lower, meaning pockets of people who will be more vulnerable to COVID-19.
“I am delighted St John’s Ambulance and local NHS partners have joined with us to put on this ‘pop up clinic’ in the city.
“It is the first of its kind in the county and will make it much easier and more convenient for people to get vaccinated. “
Dr Ian Tait, chairman of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said so far more than 92 per cent of people eligible for the jab in the two counties had now had it.
“This initiative will help make the vaccine available to those areas where the uptake is lower, but if you don’t live in these areas and are eligible you can still book online or by calling 119,” he said.
The pop-up clinic can be used by anyone aged 32 or over who lives in the postcode areas WR4 9 (Gorse Hill) and WR4 9 and WR3 8 (Rainbow Hill). Appointments can be booked by ringing 01905 722233 between the hours of 8.30am and 9.00pm.