Walsall’s vaccination buses will be revisiting a number of locations across the borough to encourage residents to have their second Pfizer dose, eight weeks after their previous visit.
From Monday 16 August, places of worship, shopping centres, active living centres, parks, colleges and community hubs are just some of the venues where the vehicles will again be stopping, to offer convenient and easy access to the vaccination.
The buses originally visited these areas at the end of June and are now returning to the same locations to enable people to receive their second dose, which is advised eight weeks or 56 days after their first. A second dose of the vaccination gives full protection from the virus and is known to lessen the symptoms and reduce the chances of hospitalisation in those who get COVID-19.
Vaccination bus appointments are not necessary, those who wish to get their vaccinations can simply turn up and be registered, consented and vaccinated in under 30 minutes.
First doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine are also available for those who missed the bus the first time around. Everyone over the age of 18 is now able to come forward for a vaccination.
Stephen Gunther, Director of Public Health said:
“Vaccinations are extremely important in our continued fight against COVID-19 here in Walsall and across the UK. Many people who work, live or study in the borough have found accessibility to the vaccine difficult, for a number of personal reasons. The vaccination buses were introduced to support those people and ensure we make it as easy as possible for them to get vaccinated.
“Having one dose will give you some protection against COVID-19, and having both doses will guarantee a higher rate of protection. The Pfizer vaccine has been proven to be 96% effective against hospitalisation after two doses and Astra Zeneca, 92%.
“This means that although you could still catch COVID and have mild to moderate symptoms, there is far less chance of you becoming seriously ill, needing hospital treatment or dying - because of this terrible virus.”
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our borough throughout this pandemic has been paramount which is why the COVID-19 vaccination buses have been so vital.
“Without the buses and the brilliant vaccination teams, hundreds of people would not have had easier access to vaccinations over the last eight weeks so we are delighted that the funding has been extended.
“I would like to thank the vaccination bus team for their continued hard work and commitment to Walsall’s vaccination programme and urge all of those who haven’t yet had both doses of their vaccine to do so as soon as possible.”