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Lewisham College hosted the COVID-19 vaccination bus last week to help keep its community safe. The College is working in partnership with Lewisham Council and the NHS South East Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the vaccination outreach programme to engage with local residents on campus.

At the event, staff and students had the opportunity to speak to health professionals from the COVID-19 Action Team, who were on hand to share information about the vaccine's benefits and the risks of COVID-19. They were also able to get the vaccine on the day and collect COVID-19 lateral flow home test kits.

Asfa Sohail, Principal of Lewisham College, said: "We were delighted to welcome the COVID-19 Action Team and vaccination bus. We hope this initiative helped dissipate concerns and supported our staff and learners to find out more about the vaccination and keep our College community safe." 

Juliet Grenham, GP Registrar Doctor, said: "It was great to see so many learners engaging with the COVID-19 Action Team and asking questions about how they can stay safe. 

"I hope that this event has encouraged learners to engage in frequent testing and given them accurate, up-to-date information around the COVID-19 vaccine to help dispel fears and allow them to make an informed decision."

Mirela Silordja, Lewisham College Hair and Beauty learner, received her vaccination during the event. She said: "Being able to speak to a healthcare professional about the vaccine and how it works reassured me that this was the right choice for me. It was much easier to receive my vaccine straight away on campus."

The vaccine bus will be at Deptford Bridge campus on Wednesday 13 October from 11.30am – 2pm. It will be open to all Lewisham College staff and learners over 16 years old. To receive the vaccine, you must present your staff or student ID card. 

For the latest COVID-19 information and support visit lewisham.gov.uk

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Coronavirus update

Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/