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Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich to host Covid-19 vaccination walk-in sessions for first time




A large Covid-19 vaccination centre in Suffolk will open its doors to walk-in sessions for the first time next week.

Gainsborough Sports Centre, in Ipswich, will be open for two days of walk-in clinics next week for people aged 40 and over to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca 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.

It will be open to walk-ins on Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 7pm and will close once all vaccinations available for the day have been administered.

Gainsborough Sports Centre, in Ipswich, will be open for two days of walk-in clinics next week. Stock image
Gainsborough Sports Centre, in Ipswich, will be open for two days of walk-in clinics next week. Stock image

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

Nigel Leonard, executive director of strategy and transformation at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust which is co-ordinating the vaccination centres across Suffolk and North East Essex and Mid and South Essex, said: “We want to ensure no one is left behind and we know some people would like the flexibility to just turn up for their vaccine to fit in with their family and work commitments.

"If you are in either of these of groups either 40 and over or wanting to bring your second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine forward, please come forward to protect yourself, your families and your communities.

"Please dress for the weather, as if we have large take-up people may need to wait for a period of time so we can vaccinate everyone safely while adhering to social distancing rules."

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