A second Covid-19 vaccine bus is being rolled out across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to encourage more people to get on board with having their first and second doses of their jabs closer to home.
Many local residents will be familiar with Bob the Bus – the mobile vaccination service that has been parking up at a number of locations during the pandemic. Now, in a bid to support the country’s efforts in further accelerating vaccine uptake, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) is pleased to introduce Bob’s sister, Betty the Bus.
Betty will embark on her maiden voyage in Telford this Saturday and Sunday.
The mobile clinic will aim to boost vaccination rates in areas where uptake is particularly low to encourage and educate people on the benefits of the jab providing easier access for people who may find it difficult to get to a designated vaccination centre.
Angie Wallace, Senior Responsible Officer for the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: “Given the success of Bob the Bus, we are confident that Betty will be just as effective in ensuring even more people are able to get their Covid-19 vaccines, in particular those who may find it difficult to access other vaccination sites.
“Getting vaccinated using our mobile service is quick and easy. You don’t need to have an NHS number or be registered with a GP – you can just hop on board Betty at one of her stops this weekend, without the need to book and get a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster jab.”
Shaun Davies, Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council said: “Having Betty in the borough is just brilliant. We’ve redeployed staff from across the council to make sure she’s out on the road, taking vital Covid vaccinations to communities where they’re most needed. I know that some people can’t get to a vaccination clinic easily, so we’re bringing the vaccination to you.
“We really want to make use of Betty to support people to get their first and second jabs, but boosters will also be available. If you see her, make use of her so that you’re getting the protection you need against Omicron.”
- Earlier this week, it was announced that the NHS Vaccination Programme will offer every adult over the age of 18 the chance to book a Covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year in a race to protect the nation against the Omicron variant. However, those aged 12 and over yet to have a first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine are also being urged to come forward to have their jabs in a bid to protect themselves and their loved ones this Christmas.
- You can also book your vaccinations online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.
- Alternatively, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s vaccination walk-in clinics can be found here: COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-in and Pop-up Clinics (stwics.org.uk)