NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Salford City Council, and Salford Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) are working together to organise street teams made up of health and care staff, CVS staff, and local volunteers to provide information about where to get the Covid-19 vaccine and tested.
The street engagement is taking place for two weeks, from 28 June to 11 July 2021.
Salford has hit the milestone of administering more than 200,000 Covid-19 vaccines, but rates of the virus in the city are amongst the highest in England.
Dr Van Selvaraasan, GP and clinical lead for the Salford NHS Vaccination Service, said, “I would like to thank everybody who has come forward for the Covid-19 vaccine and following the government guidance. Thank you for doing your part and know that you’ve made a huge difference in fighting this global pandemic together.
‘’But this battle isn’t over yet, please encourage your family and friends who are eligible now for the vaccine to get their jab as this is the only way forward to normality and protect each other.’’
Councillor John Merry, lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing said: “All through the pandemic we have seen Salford pulling together to keep people safe and I am very proud of the effort made by volunteers in the fight against the virus. The vaccine is open to everyone as is testing to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus. Please support our volunteers and our community by getting both doses of the vaccine and getting tested.”
The street teams are part of a programme of targeted outreach and engagement coordinated by Salford’s Health Improvement Service, focusing on areas of Salford experiencing the highest Covid-19 rates and encouraging as many people as possible to get the vaccine and take part of regular testing.
All adults in Salford are now able to book their vaccine through the Salford NHS vaccination service or by calling 0800 953 0116. People aged 16+ who have underlying health conditions or are carers, both paid and unpaid, are also eligible.
Alternatively, appointments can be booked through the national booking system or by attending one of the daily walk-in clinics being held across Salford.