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Door-to-door work to tackle low Covid-19 vaccine uptake in Ipswich continues in the Chantry and Gipping areas of town this weekend.

Public Health Suffolk announced a series of weekends in targeted areas of Ipswich over four weeks where vaccine take-up is lowest, and features leaflet drops and door knocking to talk to people about their concerns.

Last weekend's first focused intervention saw 150 people in Westgate getting either a first, second or booster jab.

Door-to-door work to tackle low Covid-19 vaccine uptake in Ipswich continues in the Chantry and Gipping areas of town this weekend. Picture: iStock
Door-to-door work to tackle low Covid-19 vaccine uptake in Ipswich continues in the Chantry and Gipping areas of town this weekend. Picture: iStock

This weekend, the teams will be in Chantry and Gipping with the vaccination bus.

Chantry Library will host a drop-in clinic from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, November 27, before moving to the Triangle Church in Dickens Road between 1pm and 6pm on Sunday.

No appointments are needed.

The east Suffolk vaccination bus. Picture: Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG
The east Suffolk vaccination bus. Picture: Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said: "Priority will be given to those who attend for their first vaccination, but people are welcome to attend for their second and booster jabs.

"This is part of an Ipswich drive to increase the number of people having their vaccination, with some areas of the town seeing particularly low take-up.

"Last weekend the drop-in sessions were held in Westgate and more than 150 people attended for their first, second and booster jabs."

The authority said 7,000 leaflets were distributed to homes in Westgate last weekend and volunteers knocked on the doors of 1,900 homes.

The efforts are part of the county's work as an Enhanced Response Area where additional Government support is used to curb the virus spread and increase vaccine take up.

A further two weekends are planned in Ipswich, with proposals to then roll out the programme in Lowestoft.