Football’s coming home, so get vaccinated to stop Covid-19 from doing the same

As football looks set to come home this weekend, health officials in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are again calling on people to get vaccinated to stop coronavirus from doing the same.

Vaccination centres across the region will be open for business this weekend, with many allowing people to simply walk in without the need for an appointment.

Salisbury City Hall and Bath Racecourse are just two of the venues currently operating walk-in slots alongside its booked appointments.

On Monday, the City Hall site delivered its 100,000th vaccine and it’s hoped the new open-door policy will encourage more people who have yet to be vaccinated to come forward.

The Great Western Hospital, along with the Steam Museum in Swindon and the Spencer Sport and Social Club in Melksham, all have a large number of bookable appointment slots available over the next few days for those needing the Pfizer vaccine.

Gill May Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “Just like Gareth Southgate and the England team are on track to bring football home on Sunday night, we’re also on track to achieving our goal of offering all adults in our region their first vaccine by Monday 19 July.

“To get us over the line, and to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated before social distancing measures are lifted, we are calling on any people who have yet to arrange their appointment to not delay in coming forward.

“We have vaccination sites spread out all across our region, with some having extremely good appointment availability over the next few days, meaning that people who book today could have their jab before England play again on Sunday night.

“With the country quite rightly in a celebratory mood, now is not the time to be complacent about Covid-19, but the absolute right time to get protected.”

The coronavirus vaccine is currently open to all people aged over the age of 18, as well as to those aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition.

Being vaccinated protects not only individuals but also those around them and, as such, people should not delay in booking an appointment.

Those who have had an initial vaccination are reminded to get the second dose, which is available eight weeks after the date of the first.

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