The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire is set to reach new ground this week as the region’s first mobile vaccination clinic takes to the road.
Beginning its tour of locations in Swindon this week, the mobile vaccination clinic will visit local communities where uptake of the coronavirus vaccine has been low and where it is known there are high levels of vaccine hesitancy.
It is hoped that by bringing the specially adapted bus, which has been refitted to enable teams to provide the jab in a clean and secure environment, to the heart of a given community, people who would otherwise refrain from having the vaccine will be more inclined to take up the offer.
The mobile clinic will also double up as a safe conversation space in which people with questions or queries can talk about their concerns with experienced healthcare professionals before deciding whether to have the vaccine.
Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “Although we have had an absolutely phenomenal response to our vaccination programme so far, we know there are some concerned people in our communities who have decided not to take up the offer of the vaccine.
“We would hate for any person to put off getting protected as a result of misinformation, which is why our mobile vaccination clinic not only provides a space in which vaccines can be given close to home, but also a setting in which queries and concerns can be discussed openly and honestly with our teams of healthcare experts.
“The coronavirus vaccine has been designed to protect us all from a disease that does not discriminate, and I hope many people will benefit from this new service and, in turn, help stop the spread of Covid-19 among all local communities.”
Details of when and where the mobile vaccination clinic will be located will be advertised to specific communities through ongoing outreach work happening with community leaders, faith groups and public health workers.