Health & Fitness Covid booster walk-in: Areas offering the booster jab without booking and who’s eligible to get a 3rd vaccine
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The NHS started givingto people from last month in a bid to bolster the nation’s defences against the virus ahead of the winter.
Eligible people, who had their second Covid jab at least six months ago, are now being invited for a top-up of a.
The jab helps improve the protection people have from their first two doses of the vaccine and gives longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from the virus.
Those eligible for a booster jab must wait to be invited to book an appointment at a vaccination centre, according to official NHS guidance.
But NHS clinical commissioning groups across the country are using their websites to direct patients to walk in clinics where they can get a jab without being invited to book an appointment.
JCVI chief says it's 'highly likely' there will be a booster scheme
Deputy JCVI chair Professor Anthony Harnden said: 'I think it is still highly likely that there will be a booster programme. It's just a question of how we frame it.'The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which guides ministers on the roll-out, is still yet to give the green light to plans to re-vaccinate 32million over-50s.
Frontline health or social care workers are also able to book a booster dose appointment online and do not need to be contacted, according to NHS advice.
While those who work for an NHS trust or a care home normally are given a booster dose through their employer.
What if you want a Covid booster-jab walk in?
If a person is eligible for a booster and has not yet received an invitation, they are being invited to attend walk in clinics at certain sites across the country including those in the Nottingham
Rosa Waddingham, Chief Nurse at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which is inviting people to have boosters , said: “I would urge everyone eligible for a booster to take up the offer ahead of what is expected to be a tough winter period for the NHS. Getting a top-up vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
Pressure mounts for boosters as Scotland's Covid admissions rise 50%
Some 114 Covid patients were admitted to hospital in Scotland the week up to September 1, compared to a seven-day rolling average of 76 on August 24.Data from the Government's Covid dashboard showed that on average there were 114 patients being admitted each day to hospitals in Scotland in the week to September 1, compared to 76 the week prior.
The sites accepting walk-ins for boosters include:
- King’s Mill Hospital Vaccination Site, Sutton-In-Ashfield
- Mansfield Vaccination Centre, Mansfield
- Forest Recreation Ground Vaccination Site, Nottingham – from 21 October onwards
- Southampton Oakley Road vaccination centre, Southampton
- West Library, 107 Bridgeman Road, London – Walk-in booster jabs for over 50s and Health and Social Care workers available
- The Chantry Centre, Andover – Booster walk in clinics below for the over 70s
- Westridge Centre, Isle of Wight
- Whiteleas Pharmacy – South Shields – Pfizer boosters
- St. John the Baptist Church, Nairn St, Jarrow, Tyneside
- The Glen Health Centre – Hebburn – Pfizer boosters
Who is eligible for a booster jab?
People do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their booster vaccine, the NHS will be in touch when they become eligible for the jab with around 4.5 million people in priority groups eligible for a booster over the coming weeks.
The groups eligible for a booster jab:
- People aged 50 and over
- People who live and work in care homes
- Frontline health and social care workers
- People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
- Those aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
- Over 16s who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
How to book a Covid booster jab: New NHS early booking system explained and when you can get the third vaccine .
Across the UK, the roll-out of booster jabs have started and it is possible to get it as soon as five months after receiving your second dose.Vulnerable groups can receive a third jab as part of the roll-out of booster jabs in the UK following evidence of waning immunity in those who were first vaccinated.