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A new vaccination centre to help fight COVID-19

A new vaccination centre opened in Ealing this week as part of the fight against COVID-19.

The new centre, which opened at CP House on Uxbridge Road on Tuesday (2 February), will mean that there is more capacity to vaccinate residents. It will help add to the number of people who can be vaccinated each week in Ealing. As of 2 February, the total number of people vaccinated so far in the borough stood at 30,572 people.

People are being offered the vaccination in order of priority group, with the over-80s and front-line service workers receiving the vaccine first. Residents are reminded that they do not need to do anything, they will be contacted by their GP when their vaccine is ready.

Dharsh Fernando is a care worker in Ealing and recently got his vaccine locally. He said: “I wanted to get it done and the reasons are, number one, to keep my family safe: I’ve got two young ones and my daughter’s got potential respiratory issues. So, I want to keep her as safe as I can.

Dharsh Fernando

“And then, secondly, to also keep my colleagues that I work with safe, to keep myself safe, and to reduce any effects of getting COVID-19 should I contract it. But, also – which is really important for us at work in the work that we do – is to keep our customers safe. A lot of the customers that we do look after have complex health issues: They will have breathing difficulties, they will have autism, they will have further health issues that not everyone in their everyday walks of life will come across.

“I would 100% encourage everyone to get the vaccine. I had a dead arm for about two days, spiked a bit of a temperature on the first day but, apart from that, I felt absolutely fine, and I think it is a small price to pay for being vaccinated against COVID-19.”

You can watch a video of Dharsh above.

Care workers is a group that continues to be offered the vaccine and we have caught up with a number of care workers who have had their jab, so follow the council on social media and check the council’s YouTube channel to look out for their videos over the coming week.

Council leader Julian Bell said: “I am delighted at the number of vaccinations we have seen since they started to be given out in the borough in December. This new centre will mean that we can vaccinate thousands more residents per week and move closer to some form of normality.

“I encourage all residents to say ‘yes’ to the vaccine when they are offered it. In the meantime, please continue to follow public health guidance, to keep your friends, family, and loved ones safe.”

For more information on the vaccines go to the Ealing Council website.

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