Birstall business paints a warm welcome for local residents to get their COVID jab

As part of our successful local vaccination roll-out, Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees are setting-up a free pop-up Covid-19 vaccination centre on-site at PPG Architectural Coatings, Birstall to give members of staff, their families, surrounding businesses and the local community the opportunity to receive their first or second dose of the vaccine on Monday 14 June 2021.

Community drop-in session

Alongside employees, there is a two-hour session where residents from the local community can also get their jab. There’s no need to book, just drop-in between 3-5pm for your first or second dose.

Working with business

The free pop-up vaccination centres are the start of Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees working with local businesses to help make the vaccination roll-out as accessible as possible.

Vaccination programme success

The vaccine rollout continues to be a big success in Kirklees. So far, more than 250,000 people have had their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 176,000 of those have had their second. Since the vaccine programme began its rollout 6 months ago, in Kirklees, we’ve seen deaths and hospitalisations steadily fall and remain at a much lower level.

However, our infection rate remains high. We need to make sure deaths and hospital admissions don’t rise as more and more restrictions are lifted so our lives can return to normal, and everyone can play their part by taking the vaccine when it’s their turn.

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said:

“As the vaccination programme continues to rollout, we have to make sure it is not leaving people behind, particularly those most at risk.

This is one of a number of temporary pop-up vaccination clinics we have opened in areas that have lowest take up of the vaccine, higher rates of infection and a population at greater risk of serious illness.

We cannot ignore this and that’s why we’re beginning this targeted approach to take the vaccine closer to those most at risk and are looking to do this with other businesses, communities and organisations in the area.

Our infection rate is still high. We need to make sure deaths and hospital admissions don’t rise as more and more restrictions are lifted so our lives can return to normal, and everyone can play their part by taking the vaccine when it’s their turn.

Every vaccination matters. Taking the vaccine when it’s your turn is the best way we can save lives and keep pressure off the NHS. It is safe, quick and significantly protects you from Covid-19. The more people that take it, the safer we all are and the sooner we can get back to normality.”

 Asghar Khan, Managing Director of Medicare Chemists said:

“Medicare with the help of volunteers and clinicians, have delivered a successful vaccination model from the opening of the Honley, Clayton West and Slaithwaite Vaccination Centres. This is now being rolled out at each of the new pop-up clinics, including, on site at PPG. This wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our team, who care passionately about ensuring each and every person has the opportunity of an excellent vaccination experience.

Our goal is to offer a professional and personal vaccination service, on site, to each employee at PPG, their family, surrounding businesses and the local community. This means fitting in with staff shift patterns, understanding their needs and answering their questions so that we can tailor our approach accordingly.

We’re delighted to have been selected for this initiative, making vaccination accessible to people in our community who may struggle to make or meet an appointment”

Richard Armour, PPG’s Manufacturing Director, Architectural Coatings UK
and Ireland said:

“We are so pleased to continue to support our community by offering the vaccine to all our colleagues and people in the local community through our PPG Birstall
pop-up vaccination centre.”

PPG recognises the importance of the vaccination programme and its role in keeping our people and the community safe, and we’re really happy to support Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees in this important cause.”

Steve Brennan, lead for the vaccination programme in Kirklees, said:

“We’re making it as easy as possible for people to get their Covid-19 vaccinations. Offering first and second vaccinations in the work-place, for staff, their families and the local community, is just one of the innovative ways we are doing this in Kirklees.”