Championing COVID-19 facts and the vaccine

22 April 2022

Community Health Champions have been out in the borough this month to encourage communities to visit vaccination clinics and have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thurrock Council is working in partnership with Thurrock CVS to deploy the Community Health Champions, also referred to as Community Vaccine Champions.

Ahead of World Immunisation Week 2022 (24 April to 30 April), 2 champions have already been working with residents living in lower-uptake areas of Thurrock to understand and resolve worries and help them get access to the COVID-19 vaccine. More champions are set to start in the borough in mid-May.

So far, the team has been introducing themselves to community members, shadowing other community workers and exploring lower-uptake areas to understand these communities. They've also been distributing information about how to access vaccines including signposting to clinic locations.

The champions have also been encouraging residents to attend clinics including weekly pop-up sites run by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT). As part of this programme, the vaccination bus will visit Asda Tilbury on Thursday 28 April, IKEA Lakeside on Friday 29 April and South Essex College, Grays, on Saturday 30 April from 10am to 3pm.

World Immunisation Week is celebrated in the last week of April and supported by associations including the World Health Organisation. This year's theme is 'Long Life for All' which aims to promote the use and global importance of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease, and ultimately from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Photo below: Community Health Champions Sue Tyson (far left) and Sarah Kimble (far right) with Liz Ulph.