The Yemeni Community Association in Greater Manchester, based in Eccles, hosted a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic for members of the community who are eligible for the first dose. More than 75 were vaccinated, including Wagdi Hadrian who was vaccinated one year to the day from being in intensive care on a ventilator fighting COVID-19.
Wagdi said: “This time last year I was in intensive care. I was in intensive care for about six days on a ventilator, in hospital a total 13 days, and ill for quite a while afterwards. I’m now very well, look after my health, and would advise everyone to take the vaccine.
“COVID is real, it’s not a joke. I remember being very excited last year as I’d just finished by PhD and looking forward to things. I remember being told to be careful of COVID and follow the rules, but I didn’t pay much attention to be honest, and I caught COVID-19. But now hopefully everyone is getting the vaccine, and everything is going to be better.”
The vaccination clinic at the Yemeni Community Association is one of several pop-up clinics being organised by the community, for the community. The pop-up clinics are delivered by the Salford NHS Vaccination Service over the next few weeks working in partnership with various community groups to reach the most vulnerable people living in Salford, including the homeless, people seeking asylum, refugees and other minority communities.
As well as the vaccinations, people are provided with COVID-19 testing kits and the opportunity for a health check, including assessing how at risk they are from serious illness if they were to catch COVID-19. Homeless clients are also being offered an opportunity to register with a GP.
People currently eligible for the vaccine through the Salford NHS vaccination service include the over-50s, people aged 16+ who have underlying health conditions, and carers, both paid and unpaid. People aged 44-49 can also book their vaccine through the national booking site. For more information, please go to www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine