Big numbers Grab a Jab in Kirklees weekend vaccination drive

Nearly 8,500 people in Kirklees answered the call to Grab a Jab last weekend as part of the NHS drive to offer a first dose vaccination to everyone over 18 by mid-July.

Kirklees hosted a series of walk-in vaccination clinics across the borough on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June to encourage take up of the vaccine.  The busiest was Cathedral House, Huddersfield where over 1,700 vaccinations were administered, more than half of which were people who just dropped in without needing to make an appointment. The clinics were run by Greenwood, Tolson and Viaduct Primary Care Networks as well as pharmacy providers Medicare Chemists, Wellfield Pharmacy and Ascent Healthcare.

Access to the clinics was made easier with the lifting of parking charges in council-run car parks in Huddersfield and additional travel support available for anyone who had mobility issues or was unable to cover the cost of transport.

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

“Once again, I am delighted to see the turnout at the pop-up vaccination clinics.  By running these as free, drop-in clinics we have removed a significant barrier that may have otherwise prevented many people from accessing the vaccine and protecting themselves from this awful virus.

A huge thank you to all our colleagues in the NHS and the small army of volunteers and Community Champions who have made the vaccination rollout in Kirklees so successful.”

Steve Brennan, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme, said:

“We’re now at a point where 480,000 vaccinations have been administered in Kirklees. Over the Grab a Jab weekend we saw people over 18 from all walks of life attend to get their jabs including many students and young working people.  By taking the vaccine to the people we are ensuring that every vaccine matters in the fight against the virus.”

Upcoming pop-up clinics

Details of upcoming pop-up clinics can be found on the council’s website.

Second doses – when to get them and why they’re so important

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

Why your second dose is so important

Clinical trials have shown that people build up better protection against Covid-19 symptoms when the vaccine is given in two smaller doses, with an interval between them.

I can’t stress enough just how important it is that get your second dose. For effective and longer-lasting protection from Covid-19, you do need your second dose. It better protects you and others who might be more vulnerable to Covid-19.

When to get your second dose

You should get your second vaccination between eight and 12 weeks after your first dose. This is to ensure maximum protection is achieved.

If it’s been longer than 12 weeks since you had your first vaccination and you haven’t had your second yet, you should get it as soon as you can.

“We’re working hard to make it as easy as possible for you to get your vaccine through community-based pop-up clinics. These are open to everybody in Kirklees and once you are eligible for the vaccine you will remain eligible so it’s not too late.

“And remember, it’s really important, that even when you have received your vaccine, that you continue to do the basics: hands, face, space as well as getting tested regularly and letting plenty of fresh air indoors.

“Thank you all for playing your part.”

More information 

Visit Kirklees Council’s website, play your part, and get your first or second dose now.