Drop-in clinic in Chapeltown offers private space for women to have their COVID-19 vaccination

As the NHS continues to run the largest vaccination programme in its history, the NHS in Leeds and Leeds City Council have introduced a third women’s-only drop-in vaccine clinic in Chapeltown, in partnership with Women’s Lives Leeds.

The service follows on from the success of Leeds’ previous women’s-only vaccine clinics, which took place in May and June this year. The upcoming clinic will be available for women aged 18 and over, for their first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The women’s-only drop-in clinic will take place from Monday 2 – Friday 6 August, 10am-4pm at the Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, LS7 3EX.

It offers a private space for women to have their first or second dose of the vaccination among other women from their own communities. Women can get their second vaccine, providing it has been eight weeks or more since their first dose. Healthcare professionals will also be available to answer any questions or concerns women have about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sam Prince, Executive Director of Operations for the Leeds Covid Vaccination Programme, said: “We are continuing to work with our partners in the city to look at ways to encourage as many people as possible to have the vaccine and remove any barriers that may prevent people from getting their jab.

“We’re delighted to have another women’s-only drop-in vaccine clinic taking place in August. The clinic ensures that local women have a safe, private space to have their vaccine, and the opportunity to discuss any concerns with healthcare professionals.

“Although lockdown restrictions have ended, the pandemic isn’t over yet, and the number of infections continues to rise. Everyone has a part to play, including having the vaccine if you’re 18 or over. The vaccines are our best hope for returning to a normal life – it will not only protect you, but also your families and your communities from COVID-19. If there are women in your household or friends who have not had the vaccine and are eligible (aged 18 or over), please encourage them to come to the new women’s-only drop-in vaccine clinic at the Reginald Centre in Chapeltown.”

Jeannette Morris-Boam, Project Manager at Women’s Live Leeds, said: “Women’s Lives Leeds are proud to be part of the city’s third women’s-only vaccine clinic, which has been informed and shaped by the views of women and girls in Leeds.

“As an alliance, this meets with our vision of “All women and girls are empowered to lead safer and healthier lives” with their voices directly influencing service design, which demonstrates Leeds leaders striving to be the best, and a women friendly city.”

Councillor Salma Arif, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing at Leeds City Council, said: “I’m proud to be part of a city that is always looking for innovative new ways to increase uptake of the vaccine. This clinic is taking place following the success of the previous women’s-only vaccine clinics in May and June, and the anecdotal evidence has suggested a real appetite for the clinic. I’m delighted with the collaboration between the NHS, women’s organisations and the council to make this happen and, once again, create a safe space for women to get vaccinated.”

For a full list of walk-in clinics in Leeds, visit: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/walk-in-clinics/