An NHS van is heading to Reading to bring vaccines closer to local people who may not yet have taken up the offer to protect themselves from Covid-19.
The Health on the Move Van is touring around Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire to reach people who may find it hard to get to local vaccination sites.
The van's visit to Reading
Where: Oxford Road Community Centre
When: 15 and 16 July 2021, 12pm-6pm
What: NHS staff on board to answer your health questions and offer Covid vaccines
Who: Any local person, even if you're not yet registered with a local GP
How: Just turn up, no appointment needed.
Katie Summers, director of partnerships for Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, who is leading the vaccination roll out in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire, said: “We know that for some people it’s not easy to get to a vaccination centre which is why we’re bringing the van closer to you. And we know some people still have concerns about the safety of the vaccine so we’ve got local, trusted medical professionals on hand to help, answer questions and deal with any concerns that are making people feel anxious."
Other Vaccine News
- Most GP-run vaccine hubs in Reading have now closed except for those running at Tilehurst Village Surgery and University Health Centre
- A drop-in vaccine clinic at Reading Civic Offices has been extended until 9 July for any adult 18+ who lives, works or studies in Reading, with no appointment needed
- Vaccinations can be booked at Madjeski Stadium, Triangle Pharmacy in Tilehurst, Western Elms Pharmacy, Erleigh Road Pharmacy or further afield, online or call 119
Reading now has the fourth highest rate of Covid cases in the South East after 253 new positive tests from 18-24 June but few people are needing to go to hospital
The highest rates are in people aged 20 to 24, followed by teens aged 15-19
Care home staff, volunteers and visitors like hairdressers will have to be vaccinated in new laws due in from October 2021, unless medically exempt
A quarantine facility for UK arrivals, at the Penta Hotel on Oxford Rd, has now closed after being linked with community spread of Delta variant cases of Covid.