A special COVID-19 vaccination bus has arrived in Newham and will be helping even more residents access their vital COVID-19 vaccinations. As the country moves into the next phase of COVID-19, it remains critically important for people to be fully vaccinated. Vaccines offer the best protection from getting severely ill from COVID-19 and reduce our risk of hospitalisation.

Newham’s COVID-19 vaccination bus is visiting different locations in the borough to offer residents the chance to have the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine without the need to book an appointment. All residents 12 years old and over are welcome to attend and attendees do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number either. The bus team includes trained vaccinators and can also do health and blood pressure checks.

The vaccination team, from the Newham Health Collaborative, speak many different languages including Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and a little French, and are available to answer residents’ questions and concerns. Alongside the bus, the Well Newham teams are present to share important information on other health related topics such as physical and mental health, financial fitness and seasonal wellbeing. In addition any over 65s that attend will be able to take away free vitamin D supplements as part of Newham’s universal offer.

Newham have given over 459,000 vaccines already as part of the tremendous efforts to keep Newham safe. However, anyone who hasn’t had their first, second or booster jab is urged to take full advantage of this opportunity – it’s quick, easy and attendees can bring a friend or family member along with you too.

The vaccination bus schedule varies weekly and can be found here https://www.newham.gov.uk/bookyourvaccine

In addition to having two vaccinations and a booster, residents are reminded to:

  • Keep themselves safe by continuing to do all of the basics – hand washing, opening windows and giving other people plenty of space when out and about
  • Continue wearing masks in public places and on public transport
  • Get a PCR test and stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Complete a rapid lateral flow test (LFT) before seeing others, especially in crowded places or those who are at high risk from COVID-19

 

Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, said:

 “We are continuing to pull out all the stops to ensure that our community has access to COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

 “The vaccine remains our strongest defence against the pandemic. I urge anyone who has not yet had the vaccine or who is due a booster - to have it as soon as possible.

 “Whilst restrictions are being removed we are not finished with COVID-19 and we need all of our residents to stay safe and take up the offer of vaccinations I’ve had all three of my vaccinations and I urge everyone to do the same to help keep Newham free of this virus.

 "I'm very pleased to see this new bus on our streets and would like to thank everyone who has made it happen”.

 EDITORS’ NOTES: 

  • Languages spoken by the vaccination team include Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and a little French, Nigerian and Ghanaian
  • Information on the vaccination programme in Newham can be found at https://www.newham.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • For more information, interviews and images, please contact: Mica Marshall in the Communications team, London Borough of Newham, marshall@newham.gov.uk