On 7 April, alongside the mayoresses of Lewisham and local health partners we held a vaccine clinic at the Evenly Community Centre.
The community relations team worked with the local GP surgeries and the mayoresses to inform residents about the clinic, to try and get as many local residents in eligible categories vaccinated as possible.
Throughout the day there were almost 150 local residents vaccinated by the pop-up clinic, many of whom were vaccinated by the mayoresses of Lewisham who have recently completed vaccine training with the local NHS.
Dr John McGuiness, a GP at the Grove Medical centre on the Pepys estate said: “Today has been a brilliant example of bringing the vaccine out to the community, reaching vulnerable people and particularly trying to increase uptake in BME groups which we know we need to improve in the local area.”
One of the mayoresses of Lewisham said: “I think it has been absolutely amazing. A completely diverse section of the community has been coming in to get their Covid jabs.”
“We had a local couple from the Evelyn estate who didn’t want to go to the Waldron. When they got the text yesterday, they came down – they had refused the jab twice but because it was local they decided to come and get vaccinated.“
The community relations team will be working with local health partners to replicate this model across Lewisham Homes areas, to ensure as many eligible residents have the confidence and ability to get their vaccines as soon as possible.