A HEALTH boss who thinks “the coronavirus will be there for the rest of our lives” urged residents to get vaccinated.
The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group is deploying walk-in vaccination sites.
No pre-booked appointment is required to use the pop-up service and the first and second doses are offered.
The program is part of a new campaign to encourage more people of all ages and ethnicities to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
It is also designed to make the process more accessible and flexible for those leading busier and more eventful lives.
âI was getting the shot on a walk-in and we had a number of people who were just shopping and hadn’t made time to make an appointment,â Lisa said. Nobes, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality at North East Essex CCG.
âWe have captured a number of people who lead crazy lives and making an appointment for a vaccine is just another thing to think about.
âSo just being able to come in makes life a lot easier and so we want people to take this opportunistic chance. ”
According to the latest figures, 207,729 people living in Colchester and 191,126 in Tendring have now received a first or second dose of the vaccine.
Despite the positive and steadily rising numbers, Lisa hopes the new walk-in sites will encourage more young people – who may feel less at risk – to get bitten.
She added: âThey are less likely to do it, but young people can get sick from Covid-19 and we have seen young people die because the risk of getting sick is not just related to your age.
âIt can also be related to your gender and your ethnicity. So we don’t want people to make a decision just based on their age, because it’s not just a disease that affects the elderly.
âAlso, they can have a mild version of it now, but they can still develop a long Covid which is a really debilitating disease and can really interrupt your life more than a date for a vaccine.
âThe coronavirus is going to be there for the rest of our lives.
“But people have to make the decision either to get immunity from the vaccine or to play the dangerous game of Russian roulette and get immunized by catching the virus itself.”
Unfortunately, some of the walk-in sites have been targeted with “anti-vaccines.”
On Saturday, volunteers and people getting vaccinated on the CCG vaccination bus at Stanway were reportedly verbally assaulted and intimidated.
Lisa added, âIf you decide not to have a vaccine it’s your decision, but let the professionals get on with it and let the people who want the vaccine have it in a fear-free environment.
âPeople are scared enough. Don’t make it miserable for them.
The CCG will then offer Pfizer and AstraZeneca walk-in jabs at Tescos, Highwoods, Colchester, tomorrow, and Tescos, Hythe, Colchester, Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will also be a walk-in site for those over 40 at Clacton Hospital tomorrow and the Columbine Center in Walton, Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Walk-in vaccines will also be administered at Colchester United football stadium on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The CCG follows government guidelines so that people can only get their second vaccine if they have received their first vaccine no earlier than eight weeks previously.