Vaccination clinic for Hackney’s Black communities
A vaccination clinic for Hackney’s Black communities, especially those of Black Caribbean and Black African background is being organised by local GPs to help encourage uptake of the vaccine.
Hackney Council, City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group, and local doctors want to make sure all of our communities in Hackney take up the offer of the free COVID-19 vaccine, which is the best way to be protected from the deadly virus and key to ending the current lockdown.
The vaccine clinic will take place on Sunday 28 March at the Bocking Street Vaccination Clinic in Hackney Central from 8.30am-7.30pm.
To be eligible to book an appointment you must be a resident of Hackney or the City of London, aged 50 or over, be an unpaid carer or be a frontline health and social care worker.
Local medical professionals will be on hand to answer any questions on the vaccine, with local community groups supporting people to book appointments.
I received my vaccine back in January, and I want to make sure that people from all communities in Hackney are able to get the vaccine and be protected from this deadly disease. Black communities have been especially hit hard by COVID with higher infection and death rates than many other communities and getting vaccinated will help protect our communities from the serious, sometimes deadly, consequences of COVID-19. I know some people have been wary of getting the vaccine and others were waiting to see, but it has been given to over 23 million people across the UK from all different ethnicities. I want to reassure you that the vaccines are safe - they have been tested thoroughly and are being monitored for side effects as they’re being rolled out, both here and abroad. Please book to get a vaccination at this special event and help keep yourself and your family safe from coronavirus.
The shocking truth is that some people from Black backgrounds are up to four times more likely than their white neighbours to die from coronavirus. This is why at Hackney Council, in partnership with the NHS, we have been working with our local communities to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. We have also been providing opportunities for people to speak to health specialists within their communities to directly answer their questions through webinars. You may have already been contacted by your GP or sent a letter from the NHS to be vaccinated but not yet booked an appointment - now is a great time to book for this special vaccine event or you can book another date at one of the other local vaccination centres if this date doesn't work for you.
We have been working with community groups from a wide range of different ethnic backgrounds, including holding live online events with the Bangladeshi, Somali, diverse Black, Turkish, Cypriot and Kurdish communities as well as the Community African Network, to answer questions about the vaccine and make booking easier. This event is an important way to follow up on this work, to ensure people from all backgrounds are able to access the vaccine locally. The vaccine is the best way to be protected from coronavirus and new data shows that getting vaccinated also helps protect your family and community too.
Book your place at this special event by calling: 020 8356 3111 - lines open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you are eligible for a vaccination and cannot make this date you can also book an appointment at one of the mass vaccination sites by calling 119 or going online to nhs.uk/coronavirus
Find out more about the vaccination rollout and read answers to some frequently asked questions on the Council website.