In just eight weeks, more than 3,457 people in Hull received a vaccine at pop-up clinics held in parks, churches and communities. A total of 3,436 people collected at-home no-symptom test (LFT) kits, and 266 had an LFT on-site.
The walk-in clinics were targeted in seven areas of the city with lower vaccine uptake, with the aim of making jabs as accessible as possible. In the run-up to every clinic, the team went out into local communities to explain what was happening and encourage them to attend.
More than 8,000 leaflets, including translated versions, were delivered to 250 streets, with the team spending more than 70 hours pounding the pavements.
In some locations, community organisations, councillors and religious centres added their support, working to break down any barriers preventing local people from getting vaccinated.
Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health at Hull City Council, said: “The team have really accomplished something fantastic with this project. Their work and innovation has led to thousands more people being protected from both being seriously ill with the virus and spreading it to others.
“The decision to take clinics into communities, work with people and places that would be familiar to people and remover barriers like needing to book an appointment, or be registered with a GP has proved very effective.
“Over the course of the pop-ups, the people working on this project helped dispel misinformation, navigate language barriers and provide an alternative for people who are simply unlikely to access healthcare or support through the usual channels.
“Throughout this pandemic, responding quickly and effectively has been our priority. The team which delivered this project turned an idea into setting up that first clinic in Peel Street Park in just weeks.
“Their work is far from over, no-symptom testing is currently available near Primark in Princes Quay and the schedule for forthcoming vaccination and testing locations is being finalised.
“As we head into cooler weather, schools return and more time is spent indoors, it is really important to make sure you have both doses of the vaccine. With both, you are 85 per cent less likely to be seriously ill with Coronavirus. Pop-ups are still happening, including locations at supermarkets and shopping centres. Keep an eye on the council website and social media for details, or check with local NHS providers”.
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