Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The NHS In Essex opens walk-in Covid-19 vaccination sites in ‘Grab A Jab’ Weekend

EVERYONE aged 18 and over should use this weekend to get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with walk-in and pop-up centres open this weekend for people to ‘grab a jab’.

Anyone over 18 will be able to walk in and get their jab at convenient sites while going about their usual weekend business – without needing to book a time in advance.

Second doses will also be available, as long as it has been eight weeks since the first dose for people aged 40 and over and 12 weeks for people under 40.

Sites hosting walk-ins in Essex include:

Chelmsford City Racecourse, CM2 1QP
Pre-bookable appointments for first and second doses
Walk-in appointments for second doses of AstraZeneca for 40 year olds and over who are bringing their second dose forward to 8 weeks
When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June from 8am – 8pm
You can just turn up on the day, book your appointment online using the National Booking Service or call 119.

Towngate Theatre, Basildon, SS14 1DL
Pre-bookable appointments for first and second doses
Walk-in appointments for second doses of AstraZeneca for 40 year olds and over who are bringing their second dose forward to 8 weeks
When: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June from 8am – 7pm
You can just turn up on the day, book your appointment online using the National Booking Service or call 119.

Stifford Clays Health Centre, Thurrock, RM16 2AP
Walk-in appointments for first and second doses at Stifford Clays Health Centre – For Thurrock residents
When: Saturday 26 June from 8am – 8pm
Just turn up, no need to make an appointment.

Walk-in appointments in Southend
There are also walk in clinics for first and second AstraZeneca doses from now to the end of July in Southend:
Wednesdays 2pm – 8pm
Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, SS2 6UN
Thursdays 8am – 2pm
Belle Vue Church, Belle Vue Avenue, SS1 2QZ
Sundays 8am – 4pm
Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, SS2 6UN
Just turn up, no need to make an appointment.

The NHS will shortly launch a new online service enabling people to simply enter their postcode and find their nearest walk-in site, and text messages will be sent to people living nearby who haven’t had their first dose yet.
The move comes as the NHS continues the final push to vaccinate everyone, following the watershed moment last Friday when every adult in the country became eligible for the jab.

People who attend a walk-in clinic for their first dose will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the national booking system.

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.

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