During the COVID-19 lockdowns when other Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) branches had to pause their activities, the Health Improvement team stepped up. Through testing, vaccination and supporting the community, CACT activities, commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, have been an integral part of the COVID-19 effort.
CACT was commissioned to run Lateral Flow testing sites around the Royal Borough of Greenwich at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lateral Flow tests were an essential part of finding asymptomatic cases and limiting outbreaks at the source. One site, at the University of Greenwich Avery Hill Campus, tested students twice a week, helping them to return safely to in-person teaching.
The Health Improvement team then turned their focus to the vaccine effort, beginning with the ‘Let’s Talk About the Vaccine’ door knocking campaign, informing residents where they could be vaccinated and offering advice. Over the summer in 2021, pop-up mass vaccination sites were held at The Valley with the capacity to vaccinate over 1000 people in a day.
One of CACT’s mobile exhibition trailers was rebranded into a mobile vaccination unit, which attended Greenwich University campuses during freshers week in September 2021. CACT also ran clinics in schools, offering an accessible vaccine opportunity to 12-15 year olds.
CACT also ran a COVID-19 vaccine call centre to assist in booking people into appointments, and helping to provide information for transport to get there. This helps to relieve pressure from GP surgeries so they can manage the COVID-19 backlog and continue to care for patients.
If you are registered with a Greenwich GP and you would like to book your first or second dose or booster COVID-19 vaccine, call the team on 0800 470 4831.