The gov says that ‘thousands of vaccines’ will be available for at today’s walk-in booster clinic.
Booster jabs are now available for all eligible adults aged 18 and over, providing it has been three months since their second dose.
A major drive is underway to upscale the rollout of boosters following the emergence of the Omicron variant and ongoing transmission of the Delta virus.
Booster jabs are helping to protect people from the serious effects of COVID-19, and are regarded as vital to help reduce demand for hospital care from people suffering the disease during the busiest time of the year for health services. Healthcare and admin staff have been redeployed to get jabs into arms throughout the Christmas and New Year period, to reduce the impact of the next wave of cases.
The gov’s message to residents who haven’t yet had a booster is: ‘Go along to the clinic, roll up your sleeve and have the jab – no booking required. People with appointment letters which were sent out before the walk-ins were arranged can either keep their booked slot or attend one of the walk-ins, this week or after Christmas. Appointments which are not needed will be dealt with by staff at Chester Street – there is need to call to cancel the slot.’
In the first two days of this week, more than 4,800 people have had a booster with two separate lines for walk-ins and booked appointments helping to streamline the process.
People yet to have a first dose are welcome to attend but must register online first. Second doses are also available for walk-in patients who have had the Pfizer vaccine as their first dose.
The remaining two walk-in clinics this week are on:
Thursday 23 December and Friday 24 December between 8.45am and 3.15pm.