Community vaccination clinics give people last chance of Covid-19 protection
People in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire who have yet to get protected against Covid-19 have one last chance to do so at a series of community vaccination clinics happening this week.
Any person yet to have a first Covid-19 vaccine, or in need of the second follow-up dose, can receive their vaccination from any one of the five clinics taking place over the next few days.
Spring booster jabs will also be available for any eligible person, namely the over 75s and people with a weakened immune system, who has yet to take up the offer.
After Friday 30 June, Covid-19 vaccines will only be available during seasonal vaccination drives, with invitations reserved solely for those who are most at risk.
Gill May, Director of Nursing, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board, said: “It’s fantastic that the majority of people in our region have had the recommended number of Covid-19 vaccines, but we want to make sure anyone who wants their jab before it’s too late is able to do so.
“These community clinics will be open all day, and the friendly teams will be on hand not only to give the vaccines, but to also talk through any concerns people may have, and to provide those coming along with informed and reliable information.”
The first community clinic will be held at Emery Gate Shopping Centre in Chippenham on Tuesday 27 June, and is followed on Wednesday 28 June by sessions at Salisbury’s Central Health Clinic and Spencer’s Sport and Social Club in Melksham.
West Swindon Health Centre and the Salvation Army in Bath will host the final community clinics on Thursday 29 June.
People wishing to get vaccinated at any of the venues can pre-book an appointment slot via the NHS website or simply walk in on the day.
Some people may still be able to get a vaccine this week from their local pharmacy or GP practice, but these will also cease providing a vaccination service after Friday 30 June.
Steve Maddern, Swindon Borough Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “As the offer to get a Covid-19 vaccine comes to an end, I would urge those who have not yet come forward to choose to have their Covid-19 vaccines.
“It takes minutes to get the jab and there are lots of options locally for accessing them.
“Vaccines are the best line of defence against the virus. It’s quick and easy, so I would urge people to get theirs before the offer closes.”
The next seasonal vaccination drive is scheduled to take place in the autumn, and those who were previously eligible for a spring booster, such as people over the age of 75, will again be invited to come forward.
Providing the Covid-19 vaccine to specific groups of people at certain times of the year, such as when infection rates are expected to increase, will help to keep those who are most susceptible of becoming seriously ill safe and well.
More information about the Covid-19 vaccination, including an extensive list of frequently asked questions, can be found at www.bsw.icb.nhs.uk/covid-19/vaccination.