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Covid Jabs For Homeless Follow County’s Winter Flu Campaign

Published on: 23 Feb, 2021
Updated on: 23 Feb, 2021

Homeless people in hostels and on the streets are being offered flu and Covid jabs in an initiative by Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS) and local partners in the Surrey Homeless Multi-Agency Group.

Outreach flu clinic sessions were set up at hostels and other places as well as a mobile unit to help the homeless, many of whom have longer-term health conditions.

Those living on the streets or with no permanent address come into contact with a large number of people and they are at risk of contracting and passing on coronavirus. The ICS and the Multi-Agency Group are working with volunteers to vaccinate the homeless against Covid-19.

Cllr Sinead Mooney

Sinead Mooney, SCC cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “People who have no permanent home are some of the most vulnerable in our county.

“Thanks to outreach work through partners and voluntary groups, we’ve been giving the flu jab to homeless people this winter and now we’ll be using a similar approach to support access to the Covid-19 jab.

“We’re committed to tackling health inequalities so everyone in the community is able to thrive and no one is left behind. This is an example of how we’re working with partners to put that ambition into practice.”

For more information, access the full press release from Surrey Heartlands here.

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