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Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club ends walk-in Covid vaccination service and switches fully to bookings





Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club is no longer offering a walk-in vaccination clinic.

Instead, bookings must be made to visit the site.

Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club. Picture: Keith Heppell
Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “We have worked hard to deliver walk-in clinics from the Chesterton Indoor BowIs vaccination centre but unfortunately, predominantly due to parking constraints, we have made the decision to close the centre to walk-ins from Thursday, December 2, 2021.”

“People who are eligible for vaccines or boosters can continue to book appointments at the Chesterton Indoor Bowls Centre (or any other large scale vaccination centre) via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.”

All other large-scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are offering vaccinations on a walk-in basis, including to those aged 40 and over seeking boosters, six months after their second jab. These sites include:

  • The Grafton Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS - 8.30am-4pm seven days a week and 8.30am-7.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • The Eatons Community Centre, Eaton Socon, St Neots PE19 8ES - 8.30am-4pm seven days a week and 8.30am-7.30pm on Tuesdays
  • The Oaktree Centre, 1 Oak Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN - 8.30am-4pm seven days a week and 8.30am-7.30pm on Thursdays
  • Horsefair Shopping Centre, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1AR - 8.30am-4pm seven days a week and 8.30am-7.30pm on Mondays
  • Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NT - 8.30am-4pm seven days a week and 8.30am-7.30pm on Thursday.

Dr Vickers also urged people not to turn up for a booster before they are eligible, following the government announcements of plans to expand the programme to all over-18s by the end of January 2022.

“This is the biggest change in eligibility since the programme was launched. Whilst changes to the national booking system are put in place, we are urging people in this new group not to visit our vaccination centres and wait to be invited as our staff will not be able to vaccinate them,” said Dr Vickers.

Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club. Picture: Keith Heppell
Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club. Picture: Keith Heppell

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

“We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to arrange their first, second, third primary or booster dose now.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire’s first known case of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus was confirmed in Cambridgeshire on December 1.

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

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