Fire service supports booster jab roll out across Staffordshire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue has joined forces with partners to enable residents of Staffordshire to get their Covid booster vaccine.

The fire service has made its headquarters at Pirehill, Stone, available as a walk-in vaccination centre from Monday (27 December) to Friday (31 December) as part of the government’s booster vaccination drive.

The clinic, which is based at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Pirehill, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0BS will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm every day.

The initiative, which has involved the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, has so far already seen a number of walk-in vaccination clinics set up at community fire stations across the region in recent months.

Rich Williams, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service,  who is the service’s covid tactical cell lead, said: “The fire service continues to play a key role in supporting communities to ensure they are able to access their vaccinations and booster jabs.

“Since plans for the clinics were put in place, we’ve had members from our retired network, firefighters, volunteers, staff and support staff come forward in a heartbeat to provide support - making sure residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are protected as best as possible from this virus.”

Nicola Sherwood, Operational Lead for the Targeted Vaccination team at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Vaccination is important in protecting ourselves, our loved ones and neighbours as well as the communities around us.

“The support we have received from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been amazing.

“We’ve been able to use their facilities in recent months to get as many people as we can vaccinated, from staff to patients.”

To find out more about accessing a vaccine and booster jab in your area, visit www.nhs.uk and click on ‘Get the latest advice about Covid-19.’

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