An opportunity for people to get their Covid vaccination is being made available for people at Appleby Horse Fair this week with some special ‘drop-in’ sessions.

Vaccinators will be in Appleby located at a site on Salt Tip Corner on both Thursday August 12 and Friday August 13 giving people the chance to get their Covid vaccination.

Specialist clinical advice will be provided on the site by a Pharmacist from The Green Tree Pharmacy, from Kirkby Stephen, with St John Ambulance providing the vaccination vehicle bus, vaccinators and other support staff.

The sessions will be running on both the Thursday and Friday mornings from 10am till 1pm with the Pfizer vaccine being offered at the site.

Appleby Horse Fair is an annual gathering of Gypsy and Traveller communities in the Cumbrian town and it is described as the biggest Gypsy fair in Europe. The traditional get together normally takes place the first week in June but was re-scheduled to August this year, due to restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The on-site vaccination sessions are open to anyone but it is hoped in particular that members of the Gypsy and Traveller communities who would like a vaccination but have not yet had the opportunity, or would like to discuss it further with a clinician, will be able to use these handy ‘drop in’ sessions at the Fair.

Ed Tallis, Director of Primary Care at NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is important that we are able to provide people with every chance to get the Covid vaccine, wherever we can. Appleby Horse Fair presented us with an opportunity to reach both Gypsy and Traveller communities, who may not yet have had this opportunity, but also just to be on-site to vaccinate anyone who has not yet taken up the offer, as this is a big event in Cumbria’s calendar. Whilst many may have had their covid vaccination before coming to the Fair, this on-site option ensures that people are still provided with that important opportunity. 

“This has been a really excellent example of partnership working getting these pop-up sessions up and running and special thanks go to The Green Tree Pharmacy, St John Ambulance and also to all of our colleagues working in the Multi-Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group (MASCG) who do an excellent job every year working with the resident population, the Gypsy and Traveller community, and ensuring all the relevant agencies work together as required, every year, to support the Fair.”

Swee Yen, Pharmacist from The Green Tree Pharmacy said: "We are glad that we are able to help with these drop in sessions with easy access and hopefully it will provide an opportunity and be a convenient option to those who haven't been vaccinated yet. It is so important as vaccination adds an extra layer of protection to you, your loved one and the community around you.”

Pictured: The vaccination team at Salt Tip Corner in Appleby this morning.
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