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