Protestors target NHS Covid vaccination bus in Bulwell

Anti-vaccination demonstrators protested in Bulwell this week when the Nottingham City Council and NHS Covid vaccination bus was in the market place administering Covid jabs to residents.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 11:08 am

The small group of demonstrators handed out leaflets and chanted slogans such as ‘we want our freedom back’ as well as shouting at people going to the bus to get their vaccines.

Despite this, however, there was still a good turnout of people in Bulwell who wanted to use the bus and police were on hand throughout.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “This was a peaceful protest, the police were there to provide reassurance, there were no arrests.”

The Covid vaccine bus was targeted by protesters in Bulwell this week. Photo: Tracey Whitefoot

The mobile vaccination bus service is offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people in Nottingham to help drive uptake amongst eligible groups.

The local NHS has teamed up with city council, and local voluntary and community organisations to run the service and the bus is travelling to different parts of the city over the next few weeks to offer the vaccine to targeted groups of people in areas where vaccination uptake is lower.

A team of NHS staff are on board the bus to administer the vaccine in a safe way.

Nottingham Clinical Commissioning Group says the the local NHS works closely with Nottinghamshire Police to plan for such incidents as the Bulwell protest and police supported the staff on site.

A spokesperson added: “The bus is a completely safe environment and the safety of our clinical staff and residents getting vaccinated is our top priority.

"There is nothing to worry about.”