The NHS in south east London has teamed up with local charity, Crystal Palace Community Trust, to encourage residents of Penge, Bromley to get their Covid Vaccination at Anerley Town Hall. At the same time as getting their vaccine, residents can pick up a hot meal and get some expert advice about using the internet from Clear Community Web, an organisation that helps to develop digital skills in older people, vulnerable adults, carers and community groups.
Although overall vaccination rates in Bromley are high and the borough is one of the best performing in London, the uptake is lower in those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and also those living in less affluent areas. One of the many ways people from these groups and areas are being supported to get their vaccine is to provide clinics where there is lower uptake, in convenient local venues which are easy to get to.
Dr Alka Sharma, GP and Clinical Director for the network of GP services providing the Covid vaccination in Penge, Bromley said: “We are delighted to be working with the Crystal Palace Community Trust. Their links with the local community and their support, are invaluable in helping to encourage those living in the Anerley and Crystal Palace areas to have their vaccine and get protected.
“We are holding two special vaccination clinics at Anerley Town Hall. The first took place on 18 March and there is another on 25 March, to help make it as easy and accessible as possible for those who are eligible to come forward. As well as getting a vaccine, eligible residents will also be able to pick up a healthy hot meal, and even get some help with using the internet. The vaccine is the best way to protect you and your loved ones. Our team of clinicians are happy to talk to anyone who is not sure about whether to have the vaccine and needs more information”.
Tracey Skillern, Manager at Crystal Palace Community Trust said, “We are delighted to support our local NHS by providing Anerley Town Hall as another location where local residents can get their Covid vaccine. We are a community based charity which supports small, local initiatives and represents the diverse cultures and age groups that live in our local community. We believe in this vaccine and encourage everyone we work with and support to come forward when it is your turn to be vaccinated”.
Dr Andrew Parson, Bromley GP and clinical vaccination lead for South East London Integrated Care System said, “Clinical staff working across Bromley in hospitals, GP practices and vaccination hubs continue to do a remarkable job and have vaccinated tens of thousands of Bromley residents so far. However, we need to make sure that no one is left behind and make it as easy and convenient as possible to get the vaccine. The clinics at Anerley Town Hall are just one example of how we are doing our best to reach as many people as possible in Bromley and encourage them to get protected and save lives”.
To book a vaccine at the Anerley clinic on 25 March please call 020 8175 0473. A promotional leaflet about the clinic is available.