A pioneering community partnership that has seen tens of thousands of people in Keighley given Covid-19 vaccinations has moved venues.
The award-winning pop-up clinic at Keighley Markazi Jamia Mosque has moved down the road to the Sangat Centre, a community centre established in 1995.
The first session held at the new venue was on Thursday, 6 January, where people from the community turned out for their first, second or booster Covid-19 vaccination.
Since its inception, the team behind at the clinic has given out more than 50,000 vaccines to residents.
The pop-up clinic is run by AWC Modality Partnership, an award-winning GP super-partnership (a collection of GPs that come together under one partnership) that that operates primary health care and community services nationally.
The clinic held at Keighley Markazi Jamia Mosque was in collaboration with the Keighley Muslim Association that helped get the community behind the vaccine campaign with key individuals helping provide reassurance that the vaccine is safe, effective, and necessary to protect everybody from the virus.
In central and east Keighley, 67.4% of people have received their first dose of the vaccine, with 58.6% of people getting their second jab and 33.6% of people receiving their booster vaccine.
Sangat community centre manager, Riasat Ali said: “We have stepped in to support the vaccination drive in Keighley as it is a vital service. Our centre as an organisation has been at the forefront with Covid-19 prevention programmes and providing support during the pandemic through financial help and counselling.
“We are happy to help and support the vaccination drive because we feel that it is a duty for us.
“We had a small opening of the pop-up clinic where we took some feedback. We were happy with the process, and it works really well.”
Councillor Mohsin Hussain for Keighley Central (Labour), said: “I am extremely proud of the work being done to promote the health and wellbeing of our public. By coming into the heart of our community, AWC Modality is providing an accessible walk-in clinic to help our community get back out of this pandemic.
“I encourage everyone eligible to get their jabs if they haven’t already done so. I have had first-hand experience of the impact this disease has on our community, and we have lost valuable members of our community due to covid including my father.
“I want to send my appreciation on behalf of our Keighley community for the service that AWC Modality and all its volunteers have provided over the last year.
“I would like to thank Lois Brown (Vaccination Programme Lead) and Umar Iqbal (Lead Vaccination Pharmacist), who have worked tirelessly over the last year in delivering this important programme.”
The pop-up clinic runs three times a week. You can visit the walk-in centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9am and 5.30pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 4.30pm.
The Sangat Centre is found on Marlborough St, Keighley, BD21 3HU.