In pictures: Organiser pleased as 44 get coronavirus vaccination at Northampton mosque pop-up clinic
The organiser of the county's first pop-up coronavirus vaccination clinic at a Northampton mosque was pleased to give the jab to 44 people yesterday (Friday, March 19)
Anyone over 50 was able to get inoculated at Northampton Mosque and Islamic Centre on Clare Street from 2-5pm.
Councillor Anamul 'Enam' Haque, the chairman of Northampton Communities Alliance (NCA) which organised the event with the county's vaccination roll-out team, was over the moon.
"It's been a good turnout, we've got no more doses left so we're really happy - it's been well received by the community," he said.
"We had a mix between BAME (black and minority ethnicity) and non-BAME people come along as well as people from different faiths and ethnicities."
The NCA organised the event to encourage more people from minority communities to get vaccinated as there is some hesitancy.
Councillor Haque said its success could lead to more pop-up clinics in the future and thanked the NHS for its support.
Chris Pallot, director of Northamptonshire’s Covid-19 vaccination programme said: “We are grateful to the Northampton Communities Alliance and Cllr Enam Haque for helping to organise Friday’s clinic and for promoting the event on our behalf.
“It is clear that many of the people we vaccinated on Friday felt confident to come forward for the vaccine due to the encouragement of community leaders and being offered the vaccine in a location where they were familiar and comfortable.
“Where there is a need, we are keen to work with community leaders to ensure as many eligible local people as possible who haven’t yet received their first dose of the vaccine feel able to take up the offer.”