Reading Covid-19 vaccination project

Reading Borough Council is working alongside the NHS in a project to target all those residents in Reading who have not responded to an invitation from either the NHS or their GP Surgery to have a 1st Covid-19 vaccination.

This is in addition to the surge testing which is still ongoing.

We have put together seven teams of experienced canvassers from our Electoral Services Team.  The teams will be carrying out doorstep visits to identified residents to find out if there is a reason why they have not responded to a vaccine invitation and to provide help with booking an appointment if anyone needs this.

We are leaving cards with contact details for two organisations that can offer help with booking a vaccine appointment and answering any questions or concerns about the vaccine.  They are RVA (Reading Voluntary Action) and PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) – see below for contact details.  Additionally, RVA can assist with transport to a vaccination centre for people with mobility restrictions.

The project was trialled by visiting residents in the RG1 post code area and along the Oxford Road.  Results have so far been encouraging, although we identified a high number of people who were no longer living at the addresses provided.

All our teams of canvassers are adhering strictly to Covid-19 precautions and if you are one of the residents that find you receive a knock on your door, your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.

For any queries regarding the vaccination project please email Elections@reading.gov.uk or telephone 0118 937 4345.

RVA – Voluntary Sector Vaccine Support Helpline – 0118 334 1091 – for help with booking vaccines and support for those with mobility issues

PALS – 0118 960 5027 – pals@royalberkshire.nhs.uk – for enquiries about the vaccine