- A +

Improving Lincolnshire’s health and wellbeing

NHS Lincolnshire CCG has transferred to the new NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB). Please now visit www.lincolnshire.icb.nhs.uk

Unpaid/informal carers urged to get boosted

Unpaid or informal carers perform a critical role, looking after thousands of people across Lincolnshire, providing them with vital care and support every day of the year.  However, there are still many carers who are yet to come forwards for their booster vaccination.

Having seen and given booster vaccinations to more than 472,000 people, the equivalent to 83.9% of those eligible aged 18 and over, the NHS in Lincolnshire is well on track to offer and administer a booster to everyone who wants one, however, there are still thousands of people yet to get boosted.

“Whilst 83.9% is a fantastic achievement, we need to do more, and we are concerned about the remaining 16% who have not yet been boosted.  For carers in particular, it is vital that everyone 16 and over has a booster vaccination, not just to protect themselves but also to protect the people they are looking after who are often the most vulnerable,” explains Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programme, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.

“We know that getting boosted provides significant extra protection against covid, including the Omicron variant, and recent studies have shown getting boosted leads to significant increases in antibody responses, meaning the risk of severe covid infection, illness and hospitalisation is much reduced.”

The army of unpaid carers in Lincolnshire, who provide care for relatives and/or friends, often prioritise the person they are looking after before themselves.

“We know this is the case and we are enormously grateful for everything our carers do, without them we’d be in an impossible situation.  But they need to look after themselves too and in this instance that means getting vaccinated.

“We have good availability at all of our vaccination sites across the county, and we continue to offer walk-ins at some, including our Mass Vaccination Centres at the Lincolnshire Showground, and at PRSA, Boston.  We also continue to run pop-up vaccination sessions each week across the county, which anyone – carers included – can take advantage of,” adds Rebecca.

In addition, to the pop-up vaccination sessions listed below, the vaccination teams at PRSA and Lincolnshire Showground have organised a further round of bespoke walk-in sessions next week for pregnant women and people who are needle-phobic, listed immediately below.

Pregnancy walk-in sessions

Lincolnshire Showground

  • Wednesday 2nd February 9am-1pm
  • Thursday 3rd February 9am-1pm

PRSA, Boston

  • Tuesday 1st February 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday 2nd February 9am-1pm

Needle-phobic walk-in sessions

Lincolnshire Showground

  • Tuesday 1st February 9am-1pm
  • Thursday 3rd February 9am-1pm

PRSA, Boston

  • Monday 31st January 9am-1pm
  • Thursday 3rd February 9am-1pm

Pop-up walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sessions across Lincolnshire

The pop-up sessions listed below allow anyone eligible to get vaccinated as a walk-in (without an appointment), whether that be a booster (16 and over) or for first and second doses (available to anyone aged 16 and over, as well as 12-15 year-olds provided a parent/guardian is present to consent):

Monday 31st January at Fenside Community Centre, Taverner Road, Boston PE21 8NL, between 1pm and 7pm

Tuesday 1st February at Boston Local Community Centre, Mitre Lane PE21 6EB (behind the old Marks and Spencer), between 2.30pm and 6pm

Tuesday 1st February at Moorland Community Centre, Moorland Avenue, Lincoln LN6 7NH, between 10am and 7pm

Wednesday 2nd February at Kirton Town Hall, 19 Station Road, Kirton PE20 1LD, between 10am and 7pm

Thursday 3rd February at Holbeach United Services Club, 50 Church Street, Holbeach PE12 7LL, between 10am and 7pm

Friday 4th February at XChurch, Ashcroft Road, Gainsborough DN21 1BY, between 10am and 6pm

Saturday 5th February at the Fenside Community Centre, Taverner Road, Boston PE21 8NL, between 12pm and 7pm

Saturday 5th February at Bridge Church, Portland Street, Lincoln LN5 7NN, between 10am and 4pm

Sunday 6th February at the Boston Local Community Centre, Mitre Lane PE21 6EB (behind the old Marks and Spencer), between 10am and 4pm.

For more information on where you can get your vaccination visit our Grab a jab page.

 

Published 31/01/2022