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Health Minister Launches Belfast Met’s Pop-up Vaccine Clinic


Published: 17 September 2021

The College was delighted to welcome Minister Swann to TQ campus earlier this week as part of the Jabbathon promotions to launch the vaccine clinics opening up for students across Northern Ireland. Belfast Met’s vaccine clinics will open at four of its main campuses from 20-24 September and will provide easy access for our students and the local community to get their Covid vaccine.

Mobile walk-in clinics will continue at some 30 campuses across Northern Ireland’s universities and Further Education colleges, run by Health Trust vaccinator teams for first doses. Visiting Belfast Metropolitan College, Health Minister Robin Swann, said: “It has been encouraging to see the enthusiasm of young people coming forward for vaccination and we want this to continue. The mobile walk-in clinics are designed to make the jab accessible for people and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to not delay any further. It’s important to get the jab as soon as possible so that you can benefit from the protection it offers.

“Life as we know it, especially for young people and students has seen so much disruption in the past 18 months. The vaccination can help ease this for everyone. Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of you becoming seriously unwell and evidence also shows that it reduces the risk of acquiring long-covid which can be particularly debilitating. With the start of a new term, I know this is a really exciting time and you’ll have lots of things you want to do – make vaccination one of them.”

Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College, confirmed: “We are delighted to have partnered with the Department and local trusts to deliver pop-up vaccine centres across the six college campuses. As we return to face-to-face learning after almost two academic years of virtual teaching, we are determined to ensure learners continue to have access to college facilities.

“The pop-up clinics offer our students a fantastic opportunity to be protected against Covid-19 by getting the vaccine, on the doorstep of our workshops, labs and classrooms. This will help in our efforts to keep Colleges Covid secure and give all of our students the best learning experience that is offered at their local Further Education college. We look forward to welcoming the pop-up clinics to our campuses in the weeks ahead.”

The clinics will be open at:
• Millfield Campus: 20, 22 and 24 September, 10am to 4pm
• Springfield Campus: 21 September, 10am to 4pm
• Castlereagh Campus, Gym: 21 September, 9.30am to 4.30pm
• Titanic Campus, Students Union: 20, 22 and 23 September, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

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