Covid-19 vaccination programme in Waltham Forest
The Waltham Forest vaccination programme has been incredibly successful over the past few months, with over 60,000 people vaccinated in the borough in three local vaccination sites, pharmacies, in people's homes and in pop up locations.
A new Covid vaccination site is expected to open in the week starting 8 March at Walthamstow Library to replace two other sites in the borough which are closing. Listening to the views of residents and staff, the CCG has worked with Waltham Forest Council to identify the library as an ideal location to provide an improved patient experience and alleviate the difficulties we were having at other locations because of its:
- good transport links and parking available at The Mall shopping centre.
- increased space and improved accessibility.
The sites that are closing are at Oliver Road Polyclinic, which closed on Thursday 4 March, and the Forest Road Medical Centre vaccination site, which will close on Wednesday 31 March.
We will ensure residents in Leyton and Leytonstone can easily access their vaccinations by continuing with community pharmacy provision, visits to housebound residents; supporting transport options for frail residents who are unable to otherwise get to the library for their 2nd doses; pop up clinics in the south of the borough; and we are actively working with NHS England to identify a new pharmacy vaccination site.
When people are contacted to arrange their 2nd dose appointment, we will make sure people know where to go.
As well as the housebound service, primary care sites, pop-ups and home vaccinations, anyone aged 60 plus can book a vaccination at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford on the national booking site: Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)