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Covid-19 booster jabs now available on walk-on basis at large-scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough



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Covid-19 booster jabs are now available on a walk-in basis at large-scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Previously, you had to book at these sites, but from Monday (January 10), anyone eligible will not need an appointment to get their booster vaccination at these sites.

The only exception is at Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club.

The Grafton vaccination site. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Grafton vaccination site. Picture: Keith Heppell

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers the large-scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, explained: “People currently eligible for a booster ie those aged 18 and over and those aged 16-plus 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 January 10, 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 first and second dose vaccinations via our walk-in services or via booked appointment; other than 12 to 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.”

The Deakin Centre beside Addenbrooke’s is also offering jabs on a walk-in basis.

All the large-scale walk-in vaccination sites in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and their opening times

  • 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

Appointment-only large-scale vaccination centre in Cambridge

Chesterton Indoor Bowls Centre, Logan’s Way, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1BL - 8.30am-4pm - as of Thursday, December 2, this site is only offering vaccinations that have been booked in advance, due to parking constraints on the site

For more details of walk-in vaccination services, visit www.thevaccinators.co.uk

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

Those aged 12-15 who are not in ‘at risk’ categories can access their second dose, by appointment only, 12 weeks after their first dose

Those 12-15 year olds in the following categories can access their second dose, on a walk-in basis or by booked appointment, eight 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?

Those who are

  • aged 18 or over
  • aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • Living or working in a care home
  • aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
  • 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)
  • pregnant and in one of the eligible groups

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