New drop-in clinic 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 local NHS and Leeds City Council have introduced a new women-only drop-in vaccine clinic in Chapeltown, in partnership with Women’s Lives Leeds.

The clinic will be available for any woman who is part of an eligible age group, is an unpaid carer, or has an underlying health condition.

It offers a private space for women to have their first dose of the vaccination among other women from their own communities. 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.

“This drop-in clinic ensures that local women have a safe, private space to have their vaccine, and the opportunity to discuss any concerns with healthcare professionals.”

Jeanette Morris-Boam, Project Manager at Women’s Live Leeds, said: “Women’s Lives Leeds are proud to be part of this 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. The clinic aims to be a safe space for women to get vaccinated. I’m delighted with the collaboration between the NHS, women’s organisations and the council to make this happen.”

The women’s-only drop-in clinic will take place from Monday 24 – Friday 28 May, 10am-4pm at the Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX. Women living in the area who are eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to attend.