As the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, made the announcement that people in England who are homeless or sleeping rough will be prioritised for Covid vaccines, partnership work in Leicester has meant that the roll out locally is already well underway. In February, clinics organised and delivered by Inclusion Health Care took place at hostels run by Leicester City Council and Action Homeless, to protect people living there and helping to reduce the risk of outbreaks.
On Sunday 14th March, people living in shared accommodation or rough sleeping had another opportunity to receive the vaccine at Charles Berry House where the Safer Leicester Partnership Bus was used as a base for administering of the vaccine by the team at Inclusion Health Care. During the day, 77 people were vaccinated, an amazing achievement for all of those involved.
Wayne Henderson, Director and Nurse, said ‘Inclusion Health Care has received the support from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group to provide vaccines for our homeless population. With the help and support of our partners within the Homelessness Charter we have so far managed to vaccinate over 200 individuals, helping to reduce the risk of outbreaks in hostels and other shared accommodation as well as those who continue to rough sleep. Inclusion Health Care continues to work with our partners towards vaccinating all homeless and vulnerably housed people.’
With further clinics planned, people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at increased risk due to their current housing situation, will continue to be prioritised.