Students ‘Grab a Jab’ on board

Students ‘Grab a Jab’ with vaccinations for school leavers

To support the national Covid-19 vaccination rollout an NHS vaccination bus is operating on site at Colchester Institutes Sheepen Road Campus this week.

Available to all staff and students, the service makes it easy for those wanting the vaccination to ‘Grab a Jab’ in between lessons or at the end of the college day.

With students back on campus with the start of term underway, the service has proved popular with many students praising the ease at which they could get jabbed.

Colchester Institutes Principal and Chief Executive, Alison Andreas expressed her gratitude towards the NHS and voluntary services staff who have provided students with an opportunity to ‘Grab a Jab’.

“Whilst many of our students have already taken up the opportunity, there are a number who are yet to do so, and it’s great that they can be vaccinated on our campus. We know how important the vaccine is for people of all ages, in controlling both the spread and the severity of the virus, so not only are students doing this for their own benefit but also for their families, friends and the wider college community.”

Deborah Beales, a registered nurse working on the vaccination bus is encouraging students to get the vaccination. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to get their vaccination, to have it with friends and be supported by one another.”

Ruth Copperwaite, Communications Officer at NHS North East Essex CCG, highlighted how the service is able to assist students with their concerns and questions.

“It’s so important to offer the vaccine to all eligible groups and being able to site our bus at Colchester Institute means it’s an easy and convenient way for students to ‘Grab a Jab’ whilst going about their day. I would encourage all students to get their vaccine, and if they are anxious to speak to the clinical staff on hand.”

Cameron and Thibs, currently studying computing at the college acknowledged the handiness of the service. “Having the bus on site was very convenient and it’s only a short walk away from my lesson. It helps us stay safe.”

The bus will be on site until Friday 17th September for staff and students of the college, and again on Thursday 23rd and Tuesday 28th September.