Vaccination remains best way to protect ourselves

A new mobile vaccination bus will help more people in Staffordshire get vaccinated against Covid-19.

The NHS will deploy ‘Mo the mobile vaccination bus’ across the county from this week to help boost vaccine uptake in certain areas and make it easier for residents unable to get to a clinic to get a Covid jab.

The bus is due to visit Newcastle-under-Lyme on Tuesday 8 March and Thursday 10 March, offering first, second and booster doses between 11am to 3pm at Lymedale Business Park.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Dr Johnny McMahon, welcomed the new vaccination vehicle and urged anybody still in need of a vaccine to get protected:

“We’re all learning to live with Covid-19 as we head into spring with many remaining restrictions now lifted. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that the vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19, so please make sure you get the dose you’re eligible for as soon as you can.

“Our partners in the NHS have worked tirelessly to deliver more than 2 million vaccines in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and we hope that the new mobile vaccination bus will help even more people get protected locally.”

Staffordshire’s latest seven-day case rate stands at 275.8 per 100,000 population. Residents are urged to do everything they can to limit the risk of spreading infection, such as remaining at home if Covid positive, meeting people outdoors and continuing to wear a face covering in crowded enclosed spaces.

Free rapid tests are still available to order online or collect from local pharmacies until 1 April.

Full information on updated Covid advice and how to book or order a test can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Information on the Covid-19 vaccine and booster, including details about local walk-in clinics, can be found at www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine.

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