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Carmen Dill gets her first Covid-19 jab at a vaccination drive and walk through set up in the Turtle Hill Golf Club parking lot in Fairmont Southampton (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Cheryl Stafford gets her first Covid-19 jab at a vaccination drive and walk through set up in the Turtle Hill Golf Club parking lot in Fairmont Southampton (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A drive-through vaccination programme could see fewer patients in the future as many people still to get the jab remain apprehensive, nurses warned yesterday.

Staff at a pop-up clinic at the Turtle Hill Golf Club at the Fairmont Southampton hotel injected about 50 people yesterday – and said that future clinics could see a similar level of attendance.

Geneive Williams-Hart, the lead nurse at the clinic, said: “Right now, we’re reaching the amount of people who willingly want a vaccine.

“We’re meeting with clients who may have some resistance or hesitancy and we also have some at the borderline.

“That is why we’re doing the outreach – to see how many people are willing to come.”

Members of the public get their jab at the Covid-19 vaccination drive and walk through, set up in the Turtle Hill Golf Club parking lot at Fairmont Southampton (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The clinic was part of the “Close to Home” vaccination programme, started by the Department of Health to increase access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

The campaign started on with a drive-through clinic at Penno’s Wharf in St George on Tuesday that attracted 43 people.

The target demographic included those who were apprehensive about getting a jab, as well as people who might not have access to the internet or preferred to register in person.

The Southampton clinic had a total of about ten medical staff from the Department of Health and private practices.

Soldiers from the Royal Bermuda Regiment assisted people who came for the jab.

The pop-up clinic coincided with the annual Vaccine Week of America, which had the theme of reaching out this year.

Nurses at the Covid-19 vaccination drive and walk through set up in the Turtle Hill Golf Club parking lot at Fairmont Southampton (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Attiya Talbot, a doctor, said she was surprised by the amount of people who appeared because she had expected people who wanted the vaccine had already had it.

Dr Talbot admitted that she expected future turnout to be relatively low.

But she said: “This is showing that we actually still have a good amount of people who want it and now we’re trying bringing it to them.”

Dr Talbot, who was at her first pop-up, said that she was still hopeful that more people would visit the next clinic as word of the service spread.

She added that she enjoyed working at the clinic.

Dr Talbot said: “It’s actually just nice to be in the open air and talking to people again.”

Nurses at the Covid-19 vaccination drive and walk through set up in the Turtle Hill Golf Club parking lot at Fairmont Southampton (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Cheryl Stafford, 72, explained she attended the Turtle Hill clinic to get her jab because she was worried about being around large crowds.

Ms Stafford said: “I like the idea of the drive-through – I don’t have to interact too much with the public and I get to stay in my car.

“The nurse just informed me that I can come back to the clinic for a second one too, so that’s even better.”

Ms Stafford, from Warwick, said she hoped to get the second injection on May 12.

She added that she knew she could suffer symptoms, but that was to be expected of any vaccine.

Ms Stafford, former school nurse, said she understood the importance of getting the jab.

Ms Stafford added: “It’s good for protecting not just myself but the people around me in the long run.

“That’s basically how vaccines work – the more people have them the less prevalent the disease is going to be.”

Carmen Dill, 46, said she watched news about vaccines yesterday morning and decided it was time to get the jab.

Ms Dill added: “I thought ’that’s a sign – just get your vaccine’.”

She admitted that she felt pressured to get the jab because of potential restrictions for those who decided against it.

But she added that it was still the right thing to do.

Ms Dill said: “If I’m going to help, then I have to do what I have to do.”

She added: “I read up on it and my whole family’s gotten it, so I thought ’just go and get it, everybody else is doing fine’.”

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Published April 30, 2021 at 8:13 am (Updated April 30, 2021 at 8:13 am)

Golf club pop-up vaccine clinic attracts about 50 people

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