Get Vaccinated This Weekend!

    Walk-in special COVID vaccination clinic to run at Bath and West Showground this weekend.

    Across Somerset, local residents who have not yet had their COVID vaccination are being invited to attend a special drop-in clinic at the large vaccination centre at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet.

    All eligible adults who have not yet had a first dose or booked a slot through the National Booking Service (NBS), can come along to the vaccination site any time between 10 am and 6 pm this Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June. Eligible adults include, if you're aged 25 or over or you'll turn 25 before 1 July 2021.

    Caroline Upton, clinical lead at the vaccination centre said “We really want to encourage as many eligible people as possible, to take up the offer of a COVID jab - so we are running a one-off special, walk-in weekend clinic. We have plenty of vaccine supplies available. There is no need to book, just come along but please bear with us as it could be busy. Our friendly team of vaccinators and volunteers will be ready to welcome people to the site and keep the clinics running as smoothly as possible.”

    The walk-in clinics will operate at the Bath and West Showground this weekend, in addition to any existing pre-booked vaccination appointments. People who have a confirmed booking slot for either first or second doses should continue to attend their bookings as planned.

    After the weekend walk-ins, people should book as normal before attending the site. There is a broad range of vaccination sites in Somerset on offer through the NBS including; large vaccination sites, GP-led community sites and an increasing number of new pharmacy-led sites.

    People can book both first and second doses in advance by calling 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/covidvaccination

    This week, the Government announced that anyone aged 25 or over, can now book their COVID jab through the NBS. Vaccinations also continue to be available for anyone in priority groups 1-12 who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccine.

    All Somerset vaccination sites are following the latest JCVI preference to provide an alternative to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under the age of 39, without underlying health conditions.

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