LB Hounslow launches ‘vaccine bus’

LB Hounslow have launched a ‘vaccine bus’, which will be touring the borough for the next two months bringing Covid-19 jabs to residents who have found it difficult to get vaccinations.

The bus is offering the first, second and booster doses of vaccine to anyone 16 or older, and will operate ​between five and seven days a week until 31 March 2022. It will be visiting areas that are ‘easily accessible’. Some of its first stops were on Hounslow High Street, by supported accommodation and homeless hostels.

The bus is provided in partnership with North West London CCG Hounslow Borough Team, LB Hounslow, and Hounslow’s Primary Care Networks, with the aim of reducing health inequalities in the borough. Staff will be available to discuss vaccination with anyone who has questions and would like a chat. The Health Outreach Team are also able to support residents to talk about their health more widely, not just vaccinations.

LB Hounslow says new joint NHS and local authority team is staffed by ‘a wide range of local healthcare and engagement personnel, utilising broad range of skills available within Primary Care Networks and the Local Authority, including speaking community languages’.

The bus schedule can be viewed at hounslow.gov.uk/vaccinationcentres with more stops being announced soon. In the current schedule the bus will be at West Middlesex University hospital on  Twickenham Rd in Isleworth most days.

Image above: Cllr Candice Atterton with the vaccine bus

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