Where, when and how to get your Covid-19 vaccination including booster jabs in Cambridgeshire
Covid-19 booster jabs are now due to be offered to everyone aged 18 and over - and second doses are available to over-12s.
All eligible groups can now walk in to any large-scale vaccination site in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and get their booster from three months (91 days) after a second dose. Alternatively, they can choose to book via nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.
Second doses for those aged 12-15 not in an at-risk group are now available on a walk-in basis. They are administered 12 weeks after a first dose.
Those 12 to 15-year-olds who are in the at-risk categories, or who are immunosuppressed, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, can access their second jab eight weeks on a walk-in basis.
Anyone else seeking a first, second dose or third primary dose can continue use a walk-in centre in Cambridgeshire.
This includes those aged 12-15 seeking a first dose, and those aged 16-17 seeking a second dose, which is available 12 weeks after their first.
Large-scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Large-scale vaccination centres are open seven days a week at the following locations. Note that you can now access boosters on a walk-in basis, as of January 10. Those seeking first, second or third primary doses can also walk-in.
- 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
As information on the programme is changing fast, check for any changes or updates before you go at www.thevaccinators.co.uk.
Many GP surgeries and pharmacies are also involved in the programme.
How to volunteer your help
More volunteers to help with the acceleration of the booster programme are being sought by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
“We definitely do need more volunteers,” said a spokesperson. “For those wanting to undertake roles such as stewards at our vaccination sites we are asking they register via the Royal Volunteer Service: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders.
“Further information on paid roles, which we would also welcome more people to apply for, can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/join-the-nhs-covid-19-vaccine-team/.”
Dr Howsam added: “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 Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna jabs are being given to all as a booster, unless there are medical reasons why they cannot have it.
Under 18s are also receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna jab.
Where to find more details
For more information on what is available at each vaccination site in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including walk-in centres, visit thevaccinators.co.uk.
If you want to book an appointment, instead of using a walk-in service, visit nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119.
Why get a booster jab?
Booster jabs offer vital protection against Covid-19, as immunity wanes over time.
It is also now known that two doses are not enough to protect against the Omicron variant.
A booster sends protection against symptomatic disease back up over 70 per cent.
Travellers who have had a Covid-19 booster jab or third primary dose will be able to demonstrate their vaccine status through the NHS Covid Pass from Friday, November 19.
It will enable those who have had three vaccinations to travel to countries including Israel, Croatia and Austria who have already introduced a time limit for the Covid-19 vaccine to be valid for quarantine free travel.
Booster and third doses will not be added to the domestic Covid Pass as it is not a current requirement for individuals to receive them to qualify as fully vaccinated. It is also not currently required to show evidence of a booster for travel into England.
Third primary doses are given to those with severely weakened immune systems.
This story was updated on January 30 to reflect further changes on walk-in services.