The work is being carried out by specialist roving teams of mobile vaccinators, beginning this week in Stoke-on-Trent where 65 homeless people were vaccinated on Monday and Tuesday. The vaccinators are being provided by the North Staffordshire GP Federation and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Statistically people who are homeless are more likely to have underlying health conditions which puts them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead for the Vaccination Programme in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent said: “Our priority is to vaccinate as many people as possible, concentrating on the most vulnerable first, with a determination to leave no-one behind.
“Some groups of people are more difficult to reach that others and some homeless people are not registered with a GP so we need other ways of reaching them. It is good news that we are now vaccinating people who are homeless.”
Throughout the COVID crisis extra support has been given to homeless people to help to provide them with temporary accommodation.
Dr Hannigan said: “We have been working closely with our Local Authority colleagues to try and identify where homeless people are so we can vaccinate them and give them the same protection as other potentially vulnerable people.
“We are also putting in place measures to ensure we will be able to maintain contact with this group of patients and ensure they can receive their second doses.”