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Mobile vaccination unit to visit Swansea beachfront

Immbulance Swansea

Swansea beachfront’s much-loved bar, The Secret Bar and Kitchen, will be home to Swansea Bay University Health Board’s (SBUHB) ‘Immbulance’ this Friday (Sept 3) from 9am – 4pm after it lent its support to the health board’s ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ campaign.

The ‘Immbulance’ is a mobile vaccination unit where individuals can get their first-dose COVID-19 vaccine. It has been touring the region to after it was revealed that a third of men aged 18 to 40 in the area have not yet had the first vaccine, and will be located at The Secret before heading to the Catfish and the Bottlemen concert at Singleton Park on Saturday.

Commenting on her support of the campaign, co-owner of The Secret Bar and Kitchen, Lucy Hole said: “We are delighted to host the Immbulance on Friday. It’s a great opportunity for people take advantage of this service if they have yet to receive their first dose. I like so many, have experienced the crippling impact the pandemic has had on family, friends, and our business. The sooner we can get back to normality the better, and the more people that are vaccinated, the quicker we will see this.”

People are being encouraged to visit the Immbulance at The Secret Bar and Kitchen at a time that suits them between 9am and 4pm on Friday and they are also being assured that there will be no questions asked or judgement from the healthcare professionals on board.

Louise Platt, who is leading Swansea Bay University Health Board’s vaccination programme, said: “It is so great to have the support of such a popular Swansea venue. We hope that those making the most of our beautiful seafront will take advantage of the quick and easy vaccinating service on offer at the Immbulance.

“The Roll Up Your Sleeves campaign is an important reminder to anyone who has not yet had a vaccine, particularly men in the 18 to 40 age bracket that it is essential for them to do so. It has been through the same safety checks as all other vaccines, is regulated by the MHRA and has been tested on tens of thousands of human volunteers. Even if you’re young and healthy, you can still get seriously ill with the virus and by having the vaccination, you reduce the impact of the virus on yourself and others.”

It’s not possible to catch COVID-19 from the vaccine, and it works best if you have two doses – preventing hospitalisation and death in more than 90 percent of people. The vaccination is also recommended as protection against long COVID side effects which can include erectile dysfunction in men.

Search @SwanseaBayNHS on Facebook and @SwanseaBayUHB on Instagram for more details on drop-in sessions and the Immbulance tour.