A new roving vehicle is on the road to help deliver Covid-19 vaccines to communities who may find accessing vaccinations difficult.

The vehicle, run by NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and supported by Hampshire County Council, will be travelling to different parts of the county to deliver the vaccine closer to people’s homes.

Readers do not need to make an appointment – they can walk in and have their vaccination if they are eligible.

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Hampshire Chronicle: A patient receiving the vaccineA patient receiving the vaccine (Image: NHS)

Those eligible for the spring campaign are people aged 75 years and over, and adults and children aged six months and over who have a weakened immune system.

Examples of people with a weakened immune system include organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant patients, those living with HIV, those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy or those with genetic disorders that affect the immune system.

Dr Matt Nisbet, GP and clinical lead for the NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said: "This spring the vaccine continues to be offered to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

"For lots of different reasons, we recognise it may not always be easy for people to get to a GP practice or pharmacy for their vaccination. To make sure they don’t miss out, this roving vehicle will bring the vaccine much closer to our communities.

"Locations we are going to include areas of higher need, older people activity groups, a veterans’ event and for people accessing food banks. There is no need to book, just come along and speak to one of the friendly vaccination team who will be able to help you."

As well as delivering the vaccination, teams will also be on board to provide public health information on a range of topics such as blood pressure checks, healthy weight and menopause support.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, county council executive lead member for adult services and public health, said: "The roving vaccination van will help bring important Covid-19 protection and health advice to lots more people in Hampshire. While for many people Coronavirus is a mild infection, for some people it can cause serious illness.

"Getting the vaccine means milder symptoms and a quicker recovery if you catch the virus, so I would urge every Hampshire resident who is eligible for the spring covid jab to make sure they have it."

Since the campaign started on April 15, more than 70,000 vaccinations have been given and in total is being offered to 211,000 people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Those who are eligible do not need to wait to be invited and can book via the National Booking System, by calling 119, or via the NHS App, until 30 June.

The vehicle will deliver vaccines until June 30, and will then continue providing public health information until August. To find out where the vehicle will be, and general information about the spring Covid-19 vaccination campaign visit https://www.hantsiowhealthandcare.org.uk/your-health/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-programme

If you are not sure if you have a condition that means you are eligible for the vaccination, or you need help with booking an appointment, then the NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid Vaccination Helpline team will be able to help via 0300 561 0018.