Hundreds of people across Kirklees will get a COVID vaccine this weekend, as Kirklees Council and the NHS open drop-in sessions and walk-in appointments across the district as part of the NHS’s latest Big Vaccination Weekend.
The national initiative to remove barriers and encourage uptake of the life-saving vaccine will see drop-in vaccination sessions pop-up in towns and villages across the country, and Kirklees is no exception.
Anyone who hasn’t had a vaccine or had their first dose over 8 weeks ago can pack a picnic, enjoy the sun and get their COVID-19 jab at Greenhead Park 12pm-7pm on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.
The aim of the additional pop up in Greenhead Park is to make it as easy as possible for people who have yet to be vaccinated which is why there will also be Community Champions available to answer any questions people may have about the COVID vaccine.
People can also pick up lateral flow tests at the park between 11am and 5:30pm on both days.
In addition to the vaccination pop-ups in Huddersfield, there will also be pop-ups in other parts of the borough.
As well as providing first vaccines, all the vaccination pop-ups mentioned below will be offering opportunities for anyone who had their first vaccine at least 8 weeks ago to attend for their second.
- Huddersfield – John Smith’s Stadium – Sunday 18 July, 8am-7pm
- Huddersfield –Greenhead Park – Sunday 18 July, 12pm-7pm
- Huddersfield – John Smith Stadium – Sunday 18 July, 8am-7pm
- Huddersfield – Boots, Kings St – Sunday 18 July, 10:45 – 4pm (AZ for over 40s only)
Rachel Spencer-Henshall Strategic Director for Public Health said: “We’ve seen already how pop-up vaccination clinics are helping make sure that the vaccination programme leaves no-one behind. The additional push this weekend means that even if you haven’t had chance to book an appointment you can get a vaccine.
We want to make it as simple and convenient as possible for everyone to get vaccinated. Our infection rate is still high, and we need to make sure deaths and hospital admissions don’t rise as we enjoy being able to do more things with our friends and loved ones.
Every vaccination matters. Taking the vaccine when it’s your turn is the best way to save lives and keep pressure off the NHS. It is safe, quick and significantly protects you from getting seriously ill with Covid-19. The more people that take it, the safer we all are and the sooner we can get back to normality.”
Steve Brennan, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Rollout in Kirklees said: “Over recent weeks it’s been great to see glimpses of what we once called normal life return and I know we all want restrictions to be lifted. The reality of the situation is that getting the vaccine is the best way we can all help to see those restrictions lifted. The more people are fully vaccinated, the more the spread of the virus will be limited, and fewer people will end up in hospital. That is the aim of this weekend. It’s about vaccinating as many people as possible and making the process easy for everyone to get their jabs – whether that is a first or second dose. If you are 18 or over please go and get your jab.”
Mr Asghar Khan, Managing Director at Medicare Chemists who are running the St George’s Square pop up, commented: “We’re pleased to be working with Kirklees Council as part of their larger vaccination roll-out. Greenhead Park provides a great opportunity to allow people to access the vaccination service in a central location whilst enjoying some family time. I would encourage anyone over 18, to make the choice to protect their families and themselves by stepping inside one of Kirklees many vaccination clinics.”