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Covid-19 boosters jabs available in Cambridgeshire to those aged 40-plus three months after second jab by appointment only

Update: The government announced an update to the booster vaccination programme on December 12, meaning everyone over 18 in England will be offered one by the end of December.

You can find more details here - these replace the details below.

People aged 40 and over are now able to book a Covid-19 booster three months (91 days) after their second jab.

However, walk-in boosters in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ended on Friday, December 10.

A Covid-19 jab is prepared. Picture: PA
A Covid-19 jab is prepared. Picture: PA

From December 10, walk-in services will only be offered in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to those seeking their first or second jabs, and to those clinically vulnerable offered a third primary vaccination.

Bookings are available at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

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 ie those aged over 40 and those at higher risk from Covid-19 will be able to access their booster vaccination three months (91 days) after their second dose from Saturday 11 December via our large scale vaccination centres, subject to the national protocol being available. This decision will enable thousands more people to get protected earlier.

“To ensure as many eligible people as possible can access these boosters in a planned and managed way, all boosters should be booked via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine - our walk-in services for boosters will close with effect from midnight on Friday December 10, 2021 and until then will only deliver boosters on a walk-in basis for those eligible people who have had their 2nd vaccination six months ago.”

“All other eligible groups can continue to access their first, second and third vaccinations via our walk-in services.

“We are actively finalising arrangements to extend opening hours in some of our centres to deliver even more capacity and we will share this information in the coming days.”

A Covid-19 vaccine
A Covid-19 vaccine

The government has confirmed plans to offer all over-18s a booster by the end of January.

The booster service is being opened up by age cohort, with older and more clinically vulnerable groups first.

Those aged 18-39 will also be eligible for a booster when the NHS calls them forward.

Dr Gary Howsam, chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is the biggest change in eligibility since the programme was launched. 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.

“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.”

Details of walk-in vaccination services is available at www.thevaccinators.co.uk.

Large scale vaccination centres

These are open seven days a week for walk-in clinics but from Saturday December 11, 2021 it will not be possible to access booster vaccinations on a walk-in basis.

  • The Grafton Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS
  • The Eatons Community Centre, Eaton Socon, St Neots PE19 8ES
  • Horsefair Shopping Centre, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1AR
  • The Oaktree Centre, 1 Oak Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN
  • Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough PE1 1NT

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 or by calling 119.

Groups currently eligible for a booster jab

The following can access a booster by appointment only from Saturday, December 11, three months after their second jab:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (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 one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

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