Council supports COVID vaccine clinic for homeless community

Council supports COVID vaccine clinic for homeless community
26 November 2021

Darlington Borough Council and third sector partners were proud to team up in support of a COVID vaccination clinic for Darlington’s homeless community.

Today (Friday 26 November) over 40 patients without a permanent address attended the private clinic at the town’s vaccination hub at the Old Exchange, which is managed by the Darlington Primary Care Network.

Eligible patients attended for their booster doses whilst others took the opportunity to get their first or second dose of a COVID vaccine.

The Darlington PCN team offered the walk-through jabs from 2pm until 5pm to vaccinate a total of 44 members of the homeless community in Darlington, including residents at supported housing.

The clinic was supported by Darlington Borough Council’s housing and health teams as well as third sector partners, including the 700 Club, Humankind and First Stop.

Councillor Kevin Nicholson, cabinet member for health and housing, said: “We are proud to have been able to support the COVID vaccination clinic ran by the Darlington Primary Care Network at the town’s vaccination hub.

 “I’d like to personally thank our fantastic health and housing teams as well as the amazing third sector organisations involved who helped make the clinic possible.

“A total of 44 people received a COVID vaccination at the clinic, which is a fantastic achievement.”

Janette McMain, housing manager at Darlington Borough Council, said: “Following the successful first clinic for this cohort back in March at the Feethams House vaccination centre, it was fantastic to come together again to provide a booster clinic at The Old Exchange.

“People without a permanent address are often difficult to reach, so our teams have worked together with the NHS to invite people without permanent homes to the clinic.

“It’s brilliant that so many people attended the clinic and were able to get their boosters or take the opportunity to get a first or second dose.

“We’d like to thank the NHS and the partner organisations for making the clinic possible and protecting our communities as we move into the winter months.”

During the clinic, the patients were also provided with food parcels which had been donated, as well as rapid testing kits provided by the Council’s community testing scheme.

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