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All eligible groups able to walk-in at large scale vaccination centres from 24 January 2022

by Karen Mason | Jan 21, 2022

Anyone in an eligible group can walk in (or book if preferred) for their vital Covid-19 vaccination or booster jab from Monday 24 January 2022 at daily walk-in clinics as the fastest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history continues. 

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers the large-scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said:

“Previously 12-15 year olds who are not in an at risk group and need their second dose have only been able to book an appointment for these.  From Monday 24 January, they can join all other eligible cohorts and access their second dose by walking-in to our large scale vaccination centres.

“The only exception to this is our vaccination centre at Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club which, due to restricted parking, does not offer walk-in facilities.

“Eligible people can also choose to book an appointment, if preferred, via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

Dr Gary Howsam, Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid-19. 

“We strongly encourage people who are eligible to come forward for their booster and it’s never too late to have your first or second dose either.  No appointments needed – you can simply drop-in.  The evidence is clear. Not getting vaccinated against Covid puts you at greater risk of serious illness and death.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones and reducing covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.”

Further information on walk-in vaccination services is available at www.thevaccinators.co.uk

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Editors notes:

Recent data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed that two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron, but a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.

In line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance, the NHS cannot vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds within 12 weeks (84 days) of a positive Covid-19 test.

Those aged 16 and 17 and considered at high risk from Covid-19 must wait four weeks (28 days) from the date of a positive Covid-19 test before getting any dose of the vaccine.

Large Scale vaccination centres

Large scale vaccination centres are open seven days a week 8.30 am to 4.00 pm and some late evenings for walk-in clinics at the following locations:

  • Horsefair Shopping Centre, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1AR 
  • The Grafton Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS
  • The Eatons Community Centre, Eaton Socon, St Neots PE19 8ES
  • The Oaktree Centre, 1 Oak Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN
  • Queensgate Shopping Centre, PeterboroughPE1 1NT

For information on later evening opening times visit www.thevaccinators.co.uk

Chesterton Indoor Bowls Centre, Logan’s Way, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1BL does not provide walk-in clinics for any group. Appointments can be booked at this site (and all other large scale vaccination centres) via nhs.uk/covidvaccine

Who is eligible for what

Everyone aged 12 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine

When are 12-15 year olds eligible for their second dose

  • 12-15 year olds not in ‘at risk’ categories can access their second dose, by appointment only, 12 weeks after their first dose

     

  • 12-15 year olds in the following categories can access their second dose, on a walk-in basis or by booked appointment, 8 weeks after their first dose

     

  • those who are in the at risk categories 

  • those who are immunosuppressed

  • those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed

Who is currently eligible for a booster jab by appointment only, three months after their second jab:

  • you are aged 16 or over
  • you are a frontline health or social care worker
  • you live or work in a care home
  • you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

 

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