Runshaw students get COVID-19 jabs as part of enrolment visit
Students enrolling at Runshaw College were offered their first dose Covid-19 vaccine as they attended enrolment days in a partnership between the college and local NHS vaccination team.
The Chorley and South Ribble Health Primary Care Network (PCN), who run the vaccination clinic based at Jubilee House in Leyland, attended enrolment events at Runshaw College last week to vaccinate students enrolling for the 2021/22 year.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations were provided by an NHS team led by Chorley and South Ribble Health PCN, a group of GP practices working together to provide local services, and supported by NHS Central Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and South Ribble Borough Council.
Dr Nimalendran Muttucumaru, Clinical Director, the Chorley and South Ribble Health Primary Care Network said:
“The mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic enables us to take the offer of a first dose Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine directly out to students in a place that is convenient and accessible for them.
“It is really positive and encouraging for us to see so many 16- and 17-year old’s coming forward for the jab as the vaccination offer is extended to this younger cohort. Although the service last week was specifically to target future Runshaw students, we also offer a range of walk-in vaccination clinics which are available to anyone aged 16+ in central Lancashire and it’s a service which we are proud to offer.
“Our staff are continuing to work hard to deliver the largest vaccination drive in our history and every vaccine makes a difference.”
Clare Russell, Principal and CEO, Runshaw College said:
“At Runshaw College, we will always be committed to providing outstanding teaching, learning and assessment for all students, within an environment that protects the health, safety and wellbeing of our whole college community.
“Now that all students aged 16 or 17 are eligible for the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, we want to make it as easy as possible for students to access a vaccination if they choose to. We are therefore proud to be working in partnership with NHS Central Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups.
“During the two days of college enrolment, the team set up a walk-in facility on campus, providing the opportunity for students to get a vaccination without an appointment. This proved very popular with our students and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership in the future.”
The clinic proved a success with around 500 vaccines administered in just two days on Thursday 12th August and Friday 13th August.
Faye Pattinson (pictured below), aged 16, received her vaccination and said:
“I’ve had my Covid-19 vaccination today because I want to get back to spending time with my family”.
Fellow enrolee Zaydan Akram, aged 16, also took the offer of vaccination and said:
“It was really easy and convenient for me to get the Covid-19 jab. You can just walk-in, no appointment needed.”
Speaking on behalf of NHS Central Lancashire CCGs, Donna Roberts, Associate Director Transformation and Delivery - Primary Care, said:
“The threat of COVID-19 has not gone away and NHS services continue to be busy. All 16-17 year old’s are now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination and the updated advice from the JCVI suggests that young people will be afforded around 80% protection against hospitalisation from their first dose which will provide a valuable lifeline for our local NHS.
“I want to reassure young people that the COVID-19 vaccines are the safest and best way to protect you, your loved ones and your communities. We have made it as easy as possible to get your vaccination in central Lancashire, with a range of walk-in clinics available and with many offering evening and weekend availability, so please do come forward when you are invited”.
How to get your vaccine
On 4 August, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that all 16 and 17 year olds receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
In central Lancashire, walk-in Covid-19 vaccine clinics are available with more sites expected to be added across Lancashire and South Cumbria in the coming weeks.
Visit https://www.centrallancashireccgs.nhs.uk/covid-19/getyourjab for the up-to-date list of grab a jab walk-in vaccination sites across central Lancashire.
For the latest information on vaccine eligibility, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/