We find out how mobile vaccination teams have been visiting mobile homes on Canvey Island, in Essex, to help keep vulnerable residents protected…

As part of efforts to protect communities against the latest coronavirus variant, Omicron, NHS staff and volunteers from Canvey Island’s primary care network held a pop-up vaccine clinic at Sandy Bay Residential Park, in Essex.

Local councillor David Blackwell said: ‘It is good news all round. It’s so important and I think this is a great initiative and most people on the park are over 55, as you have to be to live there.

‘I know people who have died of the virus. It’s so serious and the sooner we get that message into people’s heads the better.’

Dr Yomi Adegbite, clinical director for Canvey’s primary care network said the team are targeting ‘pockets of low vaccine uptake’.

He added: ‘While we have made great progress to deliver the Covid-19 booster programme, there is still work to be done. There are pockets of low Covid-19 vaccination uptake. With some residents not engaging in the national vaccination programme, we wanted to help to bring vaccinations into the community. We also want to thank Sandy Bay for supporting us and welcoming us.’

He also paid pay tribute to all the staff, particularly those at GP Healthcare Alliance and volunteers like the Rotary club who continue to work around the clock, seven days a week to meet the national mission to protect communities against the new Omicron variant.

John O’Dell, health and safety manager at the park, said: ‘We’re really pleased to be offering Covid-19 vaccinations on site to help protect local residents against the new Omicron variant. The easier we can make it, the better. Sandy Bay will remain as proactive as possible in supporting residents to stay well and we look forward to working with Canvey’s primary care network again.’

For more information about Sandy Bay, please visit: www.sandybay.co.uk.