Walk-in clinics at universities and colleges to boost student vaccine uptake

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Covid jab for Danielle McElroy from Bangor

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Unvaccinated students will be encouraged to get jabbed at a number of walk-in clinics at university and college campuses this week.

Health Minister Robin Swann has welcomed the “Jabbathon” initiative, and called on students to get vaccinated ahead of the new academic year.

Vaccines will also be provided at the Balmoral Show, with a walk-in clinic running every day.

The Ulster Unionist minister said: “The drive to get as many people in Northern Ireland vaccinated continues with a series of walk-in clinics.

“Every single vaccination counts, for individuals, for their family and friends and for our health service.

“We are all deeply concerned about the immense pressures on the health and care system.

“Getting your jab is the single most important thing you can do for the health service and its staff.”

Stormont health minister Robin Swann

Figures published by the Department of Health last week showed that of those in intensive care wards with Covid, 72% are totally unvaccinated.

Some 8% have had one dose and 20% have had two doses.

Totally unvaccinated people make up less than 12% of the adult population, but account for 72% of people in ICU.

This week’s Balmoral Show walk-in clinic, run by the South Eastern Trust, will be open 10am to 6pm from Wednesday to Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

17-year-old Danielle McElroy gets her jab at a vaccination centre in Belfast. Picture by Alan Lewis 

A number of this week’s Jabbathon walk-in clinics are open to the general public.

The walk-in clinics will be available at Queen’s University, Belfast, Stranmillis College, St Mary’s University College, Ulster University and Belfast Metropolitan College campuses.

The clinics will also be available in other third level college campuses throughout Northern Ireland, including Strabane, Omagh and Enniskillen.

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