Next stops for Bolton Vaccination Bus
The Bolton Vaccination Bus is back on the road this week and will be pulling in to a number of ‘stops’.
Anyone who hasn’t yet had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and meets current criteria, can jump on board and get their life-saving jab.
No appointment is needed but the bus is for first doses only.
The Bolton Vaccination Bus will be at the following locations between 10am and 4pm each day:
- Wednesday, April 21 - New Bury UCAN Centre, George Street
- Thursday, April 22 – Great Lever Children’s Centre, Leonard Street
- Friday, April 23 – Bolton Cricket Club, Bishops Road
- Sunday, April 25 – Burnden Park Asda, Manchester Road
The Bolton Vaccination Bus was launched last week (Wednesday, April 14) and so far has vaccinated almost 400 people at Rupert Street and Adelaide Street.
Vaccination sites have been identified based on areas where people still haven’t had their first dose of the vaccine but the bus could be visiting a number of different streets, community venues and places of worship over the next few weeks.
The 12.5 metre single deck coach has been kitted out to provide three vaccination booths. A Covid-secure one-way system is in place and wheelchair lift access is available.
Teams will be in the areas, knocking on doors and drumming up interest, and health professionals will be available if anyone wishes to discuss their vaccination or has concerns.
The current vaccination criteria is:
- Aged 45 and over
- People who have been shielding
- People who have a long term health condition
Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bolton, and clinical director of commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The Bolton Vaccination Bus has created quite a ‘buzz’ around town and it’s really encouraging to see people turning up in droves to get vaccinated.
“The reaction so far has been very positive, as people are keen to get the vaccine but for whatever reason haven’t been able to make an appointment. This could be because of childcare issues, not being able to travel to a vaccination centre or because of other commitments.
“The beauty of the bus is that they can turn up on the day and get their vaccination without making an appointment and for many, this will be on their doorstep. The aim of the bus is to take it right to the heart of our local communities.”
Michael Smith, chief officer of Bolton GP Federation, said: “Our bus is here to take the vaccine out to the people who, for one reason or another, haven’t been able to access their vaccine at a clinic so far.
“In true Bolton style, we have received massive amounts of support from local businesses, community and faith groups and other organisations, such as Bolton at Home, to help us find good locations for parking up. We want to take the bus out to the places where we know people might be struggling, and where communities can come together to support and promote the bus when it comes along.
“If you’re a member of a community organisation in the Deane, Derby, Daubhill or Great Lever area, and would like the bus to visit your neighbourhood, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!”
Any organisation interested in the Vaccination Bus paying them a visit should call Bolton GP Federation on 01204 546124.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is being led nationally by NHS England, and Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is managing arrangements at a local level.
Vaccination of residents is according to a priority list, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), based on age and vulnerability of people and the risk of them becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid-19.
The Vaccination Bus is for first doses only. Anyone waiting for their second dose will be contacted when the time is right.
The full list of regular vaccination sites in Bolton:
- Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton PCN
- Lever Chambers Health Centre – including people from Rumworth PCN, Central PCN and Farnworth and Kearsley PCN
- Breightmet Health Centre – including people from Breightmet and Little Lever PCN
- Peter House Surgery – including people from Westhoughton PCN
- Waters Meeting Health Centre – including people from Halliwell PCN, plus those registered at Bolton Community Practice in Horwich
- Avondale Health Centre – including people from Chorley Roads PCN
- Horwich RMI – including people from Kildonan House Surgery and Pike View Medical Centre
- Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers, Horwich – including people who receive a letter to book through the national service