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  • NHS staff, patients and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

    by Sarah Turner | Feb 25, 2022

    All remaining Covid-related legal restrictions in England have now been removed as part of the Prime Minister's plan for Living with Covid-19, however due to the higher risk nature of health and social care settings, NHS guidance in healthcare settings has not changed.

    NHS staff, patients and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in all healthcare settings, unless exempt, and observe social distancing.

    If you arrive at one of our community settings without a face covering, you will be offered a surgical mask and if exempt, you will be offered a face shield as an alternative.

    Please help us to reduce the risk of infection for our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable, by following this guidance. Thank you.

    Covid

     

  • Community NHS Trust appoints exceptional Non-Executive Director

    by Karen Mason | Feb 09, 2022

    Catherine Dugmore has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers community services across much of the Eastern region.

    As a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience including with multinational financial clients, Catherine will also become the Trust’s Audit Chair when she joins the organisation on 1 April 2022.

    Speaking about her appointment, Catherine said:

    “I am delighted to be joining the Trust’s forward-thinking Board at this exciting and challenging time to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.

    “I have a deeply held belief in the importance of the NHS and social care.  Having worked in the sector since 2012, I look forward to contributing to the development of integrated care systems across the Trust’s regional geography.”

    Commenting on Catherine’s appointment, Mary Elford, Chair of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust added:

    “Catherine’s extensive career as a senior commercial leader and as a Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair across the private, charity and public sectors makes her an exceptional appointment to our Trust Board.   

    “Her passion for equality and diversity in the workplace and investing in staff to achieve great outcomes, reflects the Trust’s commitment to these priorities. I look forward to working with Catherine as we deliver our ambitious plans for the future.”

    Catherine Dugmore has enjoyed a full-time career as a non-executive director since 2002, currently with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust and Natural England. She is also a Board Member of Housing 21, a Trustee at WWF-UK and a Trustee at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. 

    Catherine has also been Chair of the Audit Committee at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Chair of the Trustees of Victim Support, and Chair of the Audit Committee at Action for Children. 

    Non-Executive Director appointments to NHS Trust Boards are made by NHS England and NHS Improvement.  These are public appointments made using powers delegated by the Secretary of State for Health.

    Catherine’s appointment as a Non-Executive Director with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust commences on 1 April 2022 and runs through to 31 March 2025. 

    Catherine Dugmore

    Above:  Catherine Dugmore 

  • 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

    End

    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.

     

  • Virtual Board Meeting - 26th January 2022

    by Sarah Turner | Jan 20, 2022

    Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust board meeting on Wednesday 26th January, which was due to take place in public, is being held virtually.

    A set of papers for the board meeting has been published on our website here.

    There will be an option for members of the public to submit any questions to the board for consideration by emailing ccs.trustsecretary@nhs.net. Please keep questions brief and to the point, and use ‘Trust Board Meeting Question’ in the subject heading of your email.

    Responses will either be posted on the Trust’s board meeting webpage following the meeting or can be found in the minutes published in due course.

  • Thousands of eligible 16-17 year olds across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are offered booster jabs from 17 January 2022

    by Karen Mason | Jan 16, 2022

    Every eligible 16 and 17-year-old will be able to walk-in for (or book if preferred) their vital booster jab from tomorrow (Monday) as the fastest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history continues to expand.

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

    “Our centres will be offering boosters on a walk-in basis for young people aged 16 and 17 from Monday 17 January as soon as they reach 3 months post their second dose.  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 young people can also choose to book an appointment for their booster, if preferred, via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

    “All other eligible groups can also continue to access their 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations via our walk-in services or via booked appointment; other than 12-15 year olds who are not in an at risk group and who need their second dose – this group should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.”

    Previously, boosters were only recommended by the JCVI for clinically vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds who are most at risk from Covid-19.  

    Since the vaccination programme rolled out to this age group in August, more than 16,000 16 and 17 year olds across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have had their first dose, and more than 15,000 under 18s their second.  Over 76% of all eligible cohorts across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have had their booster or third dose.

    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.  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

    End

    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.

    16-17 year olds

    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

    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.
  • Thousands of eligible 16-17 year olds across Norfolk and Waveney are offered booster jabs from 17 January 2022

    by Karen Mason | Jan 16, 2022

    Every eligible 16 and 17-year-old will be able to walk-in for (or book if preferred) their vital booster jab from tomorrow (Monday) as the fastest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history continues to expand.

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

    “Our centres will be offering boosters on a walk-in basis for young people aged 16 and 17 from Monday 17 January as soon as they reach 3 months post their second dose. 

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

    “All other eligible groups can also continue to access their 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations via our walk-in services or via booked appointment; other than 12-15 year olds who are not in an at risk group and who need their second dose – this group should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.”

    Previously, boosters were only recommended by the JCVI for clinically vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds who are most at risk from Covid-19.  

    Since the vaccination programme rolled out to this age group in August, more than 80%, or 16,535 16–17-year-olds across Norfolk and Waveney had received one dose, compared to 72% nationally.  85% or 637,257 people over the age of 18 who are eligible have now had their COVID-19 booster vaccination. This compares with 82% for the East of England region.

    Cath Byford, Chief Nurse, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: 

    “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.  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.”

    You can access information on a range of vaccination walk-in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

    End

    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.

    16-17 year olds

    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:

    • Paddock Road Surgery, Paddock Road, Harleston IP20 9AT
    • Connaught Hall, Station Rd, Attleborough NR17 2AS
    • Shakespeare Barn, King's Lynn Arts Centre, King Street, Kings Lynn PE30 1HA
    • Norwich City Council HQ, St Peters Street, Norwich NR2 1NH
    • Beetley Ward, Dereham Hospital, Northgate, Dereham NR19 2EX

    Information on evening openings available here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

    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.
  • Vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough offer booster jabs on walk in basis from 10 January 2022

    by Karen Mason | Jan 06, 2022

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

    “People currently eligible for a booster i.e. those aged 18 and over and those aged 16+ and at higher risk from Covid-19 will be able to access their booster vaccination three months (91 days) after their second dose on a walk-in basis from Monday 10 January 2022.  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 for their booster, if preferred, via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

    “All other eligible groups can also continue to access their 1st and 2nd dose vaccinations via our walk-in services or via booked appointment; other than 12-15 year olds who are not in an at risk group and who need their second dose – this group should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.”

    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.  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

    End

    Editors notes:

    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

    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 18 or over
    • you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
    • 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.
  • Norwich Covid-19 vaccination centre is on the move

    by Karen Mason | Jan 06, 2022

    The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre in Norwich closes on Sunday 9 January 2022 and is moving to the customer centre of City Hall, the headquarters of Norwich City Council.  The entrance (fully accessible) will be via Bethel Street, Norwich NR2 1NR.   

    Mike Passfield, Clinical Operations Director for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s large scale vaccination centres explained:

    “We’re incredibly grateful to the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre for letting us use their facilities through to 9 January 2022 and for the exceptional support they have provided since our vaccination centre opened in January 2021.  As a result, thousands of people have been protected against the Covid-19 virus and we look forward to vaccinating thousands more at the City Hall.”

    “As the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre looks to begin commercial operations again on the food court level, our fantastic team will continue to deliver life-saving vaccinations from Norwich City Hall from Monday 10 January 2022 subject to site approval processes being finalised over the next few days.”

    “People can continue to book appointments at Castle Quarter up to 9 January and in the coming days will be able to book appointments at City Hall from 10 January via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by ringing 119.

    “Walk-in vaccinations and boosters will also be available at City Hall from 10 January for all eligible cohorts. The only exception being people aged 12-15 who are not in an at risk group and who need their second dose – this group cannot walk in for their second dose and should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.”

    Cath Byford, Chief Nurse, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: 

    “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.  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.”

    Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Norwich City Council added:

    “This is an excellent example of the council and the NHS working together, at pace, to deliver a new facility that’s clearly vital to the city and our residents.

    “I’m proud of all colleagues who have worked over the Christmas period to get the new city centre vaccination site up and running. Repurposing space within City Hall in this way is the right thing to do as the council continues to work closely with the NHS in responding to the pandemic”.

    The Vaccination Centre at City Hall will operate seven days a week from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm and late on Thursday evenings to 7.30 pm and will deliver:

    • booked appointments only (walk-ins are not available) for 12-15 year olds not in an at risk group needing their second dose 12 weeks after their first dose. 12-15 year olds needing their first dose can continue to walk-in.
    • walk-in facilities for all other eligible cohorts including boosters (these cohorts can also book an appointment if they prefer).

    For more information about nearby car parks, blue badge parking, bus stop locations, bicycle racks and the closest available public toilets visit www.norwich.gov.uk/vaccinationcentre

    You can access information on a range of vaccination walk-in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics

    End

    Editors notes

    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 18 or over
    • you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
    • 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.

     

  • Vaccination Centres open their doors on Bank Holidays

    by Karen Mason | Dec 23, 2021

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

    “Two of our main vaccination centres at the Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge and Queensgate Shopping Centre will be opening their doors on Monday 27 December, Tuesday 28 December and Sunday 2 January to ensure even more eligible people can access their vital vaccination or booster jabs over the holiday period.

    “Appointments should be booked via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine - walk-in facilities will not be available.  All other large scale vaccination centres will be closed on these three dates.”

    “We’d like to thank our amazing staff and volunteers for working over the holiday period to ensure vaccination centres in these two key locations remain open.”

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

    “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.  The vast majority of those being hospitalised with serious illness from Covid-19 are those who have not been vaccinated. 

    “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

    End

    Editors notes:

    All large scale vaccination centres will be:

    • closed on Saturday 25 December 2021 (Christmas Day) and Sunday 26 December 2021 (Boxing Day)
    • closed on Monday 27 December and Tuesday 28 December other than the Grafton Centre Cambridge and Queensgate Centre Peterborough
    • open on Wednesday 29 December – Friday 31 December 2021
    • closed on Saturday 1 January 2022 (New Year’s Day)
    • closed on Sunday 2 January 2022 other than the Grafton Centre Cambridge and Queensgate Centre Peterborough

    All large scale vaccination centre will re-open on Monday 3 January 2022

    Our large scale vaccination centres are located at:

    • 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
    • Chesterton Indoor Bowls Centre, Logan’s Way, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1BL

    For further information visit :  http://www.thevaccinators.co.uk

     

  • Ho, Ho, Ho, Santa flies in for a second visit to see local children!

    by Kirstie Flack | Dec 23, 2021

    Santas visit to St Neots Rugby Club (collage)

    Santa made a second visit to see local children this week at the St Neots Rugby Club.

    The Round Table of St Neots joined Santa on his visit and helped to hand out presents to all the children, including presents to some seriously ill children which included quilted book cushions, which have a slot to tuck a book into plus beautifully made lap quilts to keep them warm.

    Santa enjoyed his first visit so much he wanted to come back and meet more children. He said: “After such a hard year for local families, I wanted to spread as much joy as I can before the big day, and I loved my second visit to St Neots this week. I met lots of lovely children and gave them some early Christmas presents and it was wonderful to see their happy faces. Happy Christmas to all the local children and their families!”

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops said: “Santa’s second visit was a huge surprise this week and all the local children were thrilled to see him.  Santa was able to command huge snow flurries to descent as they came forward to meet him, one family at a time.

    “We cannot thank the Round Table of St Neots enough for stepping in to help Santa before his big day, and a huge thank you to Christine Luckham, Mike Andrews, Pauline Rawlings and Wendy Baker, dreamdrops committee members, for helping at the event. 

    “We receive such amazing support all year round for our charity dreamdrops and this was a wonderful way to bring some festive fun to local families, thank you to everyone involved, and may I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!”

    If you would like more information about Dreamdrops, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s Charity, or you would like to donate, please call, visit or email:
    07790 911541
    dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net
    www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org
    #CCSdreamdrops

    Photos:

    Photo 1 – Santa with his reindeer
    Photo 2 – Santa with local children and St Neots Rugby Club
    Photo 3 – Santa with dreamdrops committee members: Mike Andrews, Pauline Rawlings, Wendy Baker, Christine Luckham and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops.

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