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Two walk-in Covid vaccination clinics open in Suffolk this week

Two walk-in vaccine centrse will be opening over the next few days.

Gainsborough Sports Centre on Brazier's Wood Road, Ipswich, and the vaccination site on Chevington Close, Bury St Edmunds, are opening their doors as the NHS continues to encourage everyone eligible to come forward to have their life-saving jab.

Gainsborough Vaccination Centre will be open on Thursday June 10 and Friday June 11 between 10am and 6pm.

The vaccine centres open this week.
The vaccine centres open this week.

Chevington Close Vaccination Centre in Bury St Edmunds will be open on Saturday June 12 between 10am and 6pm.

There will be limited numbers of vaccine and the walk-ins will close once the daily vaccine supply runs out.

The walk in appointments are for people aged 40 and over to receive their first dose of the vaccine and for people aged 50 and over who would like to bring forward their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from 12 to eight weeks.

The drop-in sessions for the AstraZeneca vaccine comes as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history continues to roll out.

Everyone turning up for their first dose must either bring their NHS number with them or alternatively ID with proof of their age, for example a driving licence or passport.

For a second dose, people are asked to bring their first dose appointment card that shows which vaccine was given.

If anyone doesn't have this, take along your NHS number.

Nigel Leonard, Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation at EPUT, who is co-ordinating the vaccination centres across Suffolk and North East Essex and Mid and South Essex, said: “These walk in appointments are designed to encourage people who would like the flexibility to just turn up for their vaccine to fit in with their life commitments.”

Please be aware that there might be a wait while we make sure everyone is vaccinated safely and in line with social distancing rules, and that the site will close when all the vaccines available on the day have been given.

"The weather is looking very warm for the end of the week so please dress appropriately – bring a drink and even something to sit on in case, as it is likely that there will be a queue.

People who are age 25 to 39, or who would prefer the certainty of a guaranteed booked appointment, can book online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or phone 119 to get their appointment scheduled.

The last group of adults have now been called forward, with around three million people aged between 25 and 29 getting invited to book their first dose.

More than half of adults are now fully vaccinated giving them maximum possible protection from coronavirus.

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