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Covid: Indian restaurant doubles up as vaccine centre – ‘Have a naan and protect your Nan’

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It has an unofficial slogan of “having a naan whilst protecting your Nan”, emphasising the collective benefit of being vaccinated to protect loved ones. Ishfaq Farooq who owns MyLahore in Bradford emphasised the clinic will help support the community to protect them from the Omicron variant.

He said: “Alongside the NHS, we all have a part to play in the race to protect people from Omicron.”

Mr Farooq went on to emphasise that customers would have the opportunity to speak with clinical experts before being vaccinated and that getting the jab helps protect others.

He added: “I’m urging people from all communities, who are now ready to get vaccinated, to come forward and have your COVID-19 vaccine so we can keep our families safe.”

There is a clear need for people in Bradford to be vaccinated due to rising covid rates.

In the seven days to 20 December there were 2,142 positive test results in the city.

This was an increase of 33% compared to the week before.

However, vaccination rates remain low.

In the area around MyLahore only 47.4 percent of adults and over 12s have had their first dose compared to almost 90 percent nationally. 

And only 39 percent have had their second dose compared to 80 percent nationally.

One of the NHS vaccinators at the restaurant is Rukeya Miah, deputy associate director of nursing and the senior midwife at Bradford District and Craven Vaccination Programme.

She emphasised how important it was to vaccinate people at the restaurant.

She said: “We’re pleased to be working alongside MyLahore again and I would like to thank Ishfaq on behalf of the NHS for all the support he has given to the vaccination programme, and offering us a space to vaccinate at his restaurant.”    

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Additional temporary vaccination clinics have also been set up in shopping centres, Hindu Temples, mosques, racecourses, Christmas markets and fire stations, in a bid to boost vaccine uptake.

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