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Where, when and how to get your Covid-19 vaccination including booster jabs in Cambridgeshire

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Covid-19 booster jabs are now available to those aged 40 and over and second doses for those aged 16-17 are also now on offer.

From Monday, November 29, people in these groups can access their jabs on a walk-in basis at large-scale vaccination sites in Cambridgeshire, except for Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club.

Covid-19 vaccine in a syringe needle. (48805445)
Covid-19 vaccine in a syringe needle. (48805445)

From Monday, November 22, the NHS has been contacting those eligible in these groups to let them know it is their turn to get their jabs.

For over-40s, boosters are available as soon as they reach six month (182 days) after their second jab, although bookings can be made five months after this dose.

For those aged 16-17, second doses are available 12 weeks after their first dose.

Those aged 12-15 will also be able to get their vaccination on a walk-in basis, except at Chesterton Indoors Bowls Club.

First and second doses are already available for other groups, including most groups at Chesterton, on a walk-in basis.

The government has announced that the booster programme will be extended to all over-18s, three months after their second jab, but as of November 30, the NHS and local health authorities are still working out the logistics and have yet to announce when that will start. Until then, under-40s should not just turn up for their boosters. Second jabs will also be rolled out to those aged 12-15 after 12 weeks, but again it has yet to be confirmed when this will start.

Health authorities are urging people to take up the vaccinations to help make the Christmas period safer for all, as infection rates remain high.

Walk-in large-scale vaccination centres in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Large scale vaccination centres are open seven days a week at the following locations:

  • 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

Check for any changes or updates before you go at www.thevaccinators.co.uk.

A Covid-19 vaccine
A Covid-19 vaccine

Get protected before Christmas

The walk-in vaccination clinics are designed to ensure as many people as possible have the chance to get vaccinated ahead of the festive season.

You need to wear a face mask when visiting.

Those aged 12-15 are generally given one dose unless they are vulnerable or live with someone who is immunosuppressed.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough were designated an Enhanced Response Area for Covid-19 by the government for at least five weeks from November 1 due to concern over infection rates and the number of cases among older, more vulnerable people.

Latest figures show the number of cases, which declined during and immediately after half-term, are on the rise again in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Dr Howsam added: “For those groups already able to book their jabs or who are eligible to walk-in to our vaccination centres, we strongly encourage you to do so.

“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.”

As of Monday, 73 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough had received their first dose, while 68 per cent of people eligible had received their booster jab.

Last month, clinical guidance was updated to enable boosters to be given slightly earlier to those at highest risk, where it aids the roll-out. This could include care home residents who may have received their second doses at different times to be vaccinated in the same session, as long as it has been five months since their second dose. It may also help with other vulnerable groups, such as housebound patients, so that they can have their flu and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is 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 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?

Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection. (53040463)
Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection. (53040463)

Booster jabs offer vital protection against Covid-19, as immunity wanes over time.

The latest evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) shows that protection against symptomatic disease falls from 65 per cent up to three months after the second dose to 45 per cent six months after the second dose for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and from 90 per cent to 65 per cent for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

Protection against hospitalisation falls from 95 per cent to 75 per cent for Oxford/AstraZeneca and 99 per cent to 90 per cent for Pfizer/BioNTech.

While the vaccine effectiveness against severe disease remains high, a small change can have a major impact on hospital admissions.

A change from 95 per cent to 90 per cent protection against hospitalisation would lead to a doubling of admissions in those vaccinated.

But the first real-world study of the effectiveness of boosters by the UK Health Security Agency showed these top-up jabs bolstered protection against symptomatic Covid-19 in adults aged over 50 to 93.1 per cent for those who had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine initially, and 94.0 per cent for those who had the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

The government said the results mean all those who had their booster vaccine by December 11 will have very high protection against Covid-19 by Christmas Day.

Aiding travellers

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 November 27 to incorporate the latest information on walk-in services and again on December 1 to update details on Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club.

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