Leeds residents feature on banners across the city to encourage vaccine uptake

After recently passing the one million doses milestone, the NHS, local authority, and voluntary and community organisations are continuing to work together to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to Leeds residents across the city.

Building on the success of Leeds’ vaccination programme so far, a campaign has been launched by the local NHS and Leeds City Council to encourage those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to get their jab.

The new campaign features some familiar faces like Councillor Salma Arif, Executive Member for Public Health and Active Lifestyles at Leeds City Council, and Arthur France, founder of Leeds West Indian Carnival displayed on large lamp-post banners in communities across the city, including Chapeltown and Harehills, alongside their own personal reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sam Prince, Senior Responsible Officer for the Leeds vaccination programme, said: “After months of hard work from everyone in the NHS, local authority and voluntary and community organisations, we’re proud to have passed the one million doses milestone in Leeds.

“However, we’re still urging those who haven’t had their COVID-19 vaccine yet to get their jab as soon as possible, to protect themselves and their loved ones. We’re also urging people to get their second dose of the vaccine, providing it has been eight weeks or more since their first dose. We need everyone to do their bit to help us beat the virus and stop new variants developing, especially now restrictions have been lifted.

“It’s fantastic to see people from our local communities featured as part of this campaign, and to learn more about why they chose to get vaccinated. We want to let the people of Leeds know that, as soon as they’re ready to have their vaccine, we’ll be here.”

Cllr Salma Arif, Executive Member for Public Health and Active Lifestyles for Leeds City Council, said: “We have made fantastic progress on our vaccination rollout so far, thanks to the commitment and hard work of everyone involved in the vaccination programme across the NHS, the council, the third sector and volunteers.

“COVID-19 can affect anyone, young or old, so it’s really important to get vaccinated as soon as you can. I’m proud to be part of this new campaign alongside Arthur France, Dr Amal Paul, Armani and Marian, and to share why I chose to get my vaccine. I hope this encourages others to get their jab too.”

You can book your COVID-19 vaccination at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119. Alternatively, there are a range of drop-in clinics across the city where you can walk in and grab your jab. Details are available here: www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/walk-in-clinics/

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People who have been featured on the large lamp-post banners are;

  • Councillor Salma Arif, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing at Leeds City Council (Harehills Avenue)
  • Arthur France, founder of Leeds West Indian Carnival (Chapeltown Road)
  • Dr Amal Paul, GP and Clinical Director for Burmantofts, Harehills and Richmond Hill Primary Care Network (A58 Roundhay Road)
  • Armani, vaccinator at Elland Road (Dewsbury Road)
  • Marian, Youth Engagement Worker at CATCH (Harehills Lane)