EPUT’s Community Vaccination Bus visits IKEA in Thurrock

February 21, 2022

A mobile COVID-19 vaccination community bus is parking up at IKEA in Thurrock this week to make it as easy as possible for people to get their vaccination without having to make an appointment.

Staff from Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust Vaccination Programme are working with Thurrock Borough Council to encourage more people across the area to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

The mobile Community Vaccination Bus, will be visiting IKEA from Monday 21 February until Friday 25 February between the hours of 10am and 3pm and will be offering everyone aged 12 and above a vaccine.

Over the next few weeks, the bus will also be parking up at a variety of different locations across Essex making it as accessible as possible for people to get their first, second and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccinations.

Nigel Leonard, Executive Director of Major Projects and Programmes, said: “By parking our Community Vaccination Bus outside IKEA in Thurrock we are hoping people will take advantage and grab their jabs.

“Staff from Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust have so far given out more than 1.25 million vaccines since the programme began in January 2021, and by supporting the mobile COVID-19 vaccination bus, we hope to reach even more and help protect as many people as possible in our County.”

Melissa Dowdeswell, Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance and Operational Director for MSE Covid vaccination sites, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer members of the Thurrock community an easy way to get their vaccination by parking the bus outside IKEA.

“We know there are still large numbers of people unprotected against the virus across Essex so we’re reaching out to those who haven’t yet taken up the offer of an appointment.

“Everyone over the age of 12 is now able to come forward for their vaccination, and it’s the best way that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from serious illness.”

For a list of other vaccination centres across Essex please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

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