Leeds Covid vaccinations: Women only drop-in clinic planned at ASHA Neighbourhood Project

A second Covid vaccine clinic for women only is being held in Leeds as part of a drive to deliver jabs to as many people in the city as possible.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:45 pm

The NHS and Leeds City Council are teaming up with Women’s Lives Leeds to host the drop-in clinic at the ASHA Neighbourhood Project in south Leeds next week.

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It will be open to any women aged 18 and over, who have not yet had their first dose of the vaccine. This includes women who are unpaid carers, have an underlying health condition, or who have received a text message from their GP practice inviting them to the clinic.

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Coun Salma Arif, Leeds City Council's executive member for health and wellbeing, said the city was always looking for innovative new ways to increase uptake of the vaccine. Picture: Tony Johnson

It is the second women-only clinic to be hosted in the city to date, with the aim being to offer 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 Covid-19 vaccines.

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.

“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.”

Jeannette Morris-Boam, project manager at Women’s Live Leeds, said they were proud to be part of the second women’s-only vaccine clinic as it had 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,” she added.

Coun Salma Arif, the council's executive member for health and wellbeing, said the city was always looking for innovative new ways to increase uptake of the vaccine.

“This clinic is taking place following the success of the first women’s-only vaccine clinic in May and the anecdotal evidence has suggested a real appetite for the clinic,” she said.

“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.”

The women’s-only drop-in clinic will take place at the ASHA Neighbourhood Project, Stratford Street, Leeds, LS11 6JG on Wednesday June 30, 10am-4pm.

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