Pop-up Covid vaccine clinic in Gamesley

A patient receiving a Covid-19 vaccine at Glossop Cricket Club. Photo: Nigel Wood.

A pop-up clinic will be held in Gamesley to allow people eligible for a Covid vaccination to get their first dose. 

It will be based at the Winster Mews car park, off Melandra Castle Road, on Saturday 5 June from 9.45am to 3pm. 

High Peak residents can just drop in, without the need for an appointment, but a time slot can be booked in advance at www.tamesideandglossop.nhsvaccinations.co.uk or call your GP practice. 

People are asked not to attend if they have Covid-19 symptoms or have recently tested positive.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be administered at the clinic, which will be for over-30s only. 

It's aimed at people living in the area who have yet to take up the offer of having their first dose of the vaccine.

NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG Co-chairmen Dr Asad Ali and Dr Ashwin Ramachandra said: “The rise in cases of the new Covid variant in Gamesley makes it important to vaccinate as many people as possible to provide protection, stop the spread and help us get back to normal.

“We’d encourage those eligible in Gamesley who have not yet had their jab to come along. A team of friendly professionals and community volunteers will be on hand to guide and support you through the quick and easy process.”

Councillor Anthony Mckeown, Leader of High Peak Borough Council and Gamesley resident, added: “Local people might be concerned about the increase in the infection rate in Gamesley, but there are things we can all do to keep it under control.

“That’s why we’re working together with our partners to offer easy access testing and vaccination services to the local community. I urge everyone to take the test and, if you’re eligible, go along to the walk-in clinic on Saturday and get your first vaccination.

“Our actions do count, and it’s as important as ever that we do what we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”

If residents cannot attend the pop-up clinic, they can book locally using the details above or at a mass vaccination centre online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination or by calling NHS 119.

Meanwhile, enhanced testing has been rolled out in Gamesley in response to rising Covid-19 infection rates, including cases of the variant which originated in India.

Derbyshire County Council says it is working with NHS Test and Trace, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, High Peak Borough Council and NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group in an effort to slow the transmission rate in Gamesley.

It comes as the weekly cases of coronavirus in the Gamesley and Glossop area have trebled.

In the final two weeks of May, 63 people tested positive for Covid – of which 42 were either confirmed or suspected to be variants of concern – compared to 22 people who tested positive in the last two weeks of April.

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