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Plenty of options for getting your Covid booster jab this weekend, say local health leaders

9th December 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

Local people are being urged to get vaccinated when they are eligible and with more clinics across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland being available over the next week, now is a great opportunity.

As “Plan B” restrictions come into force nationally to help slow the spread of Covid, the best way we can fight Covid is by being vaccinated alongside other measures on social distancing and mask wearing.

Local health leaders are urging people to get vaccinated for any dose they are eligible for and reminding those aged 40 or over that they can now get their booster three months after their second dose.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs (LLR CCGs) have a number of walk-in clinics available this weekend and next week, making getting vaxxed quick and simple.

There will once again be Covid vaccination clinic at the Highcross Shopping Centre this weekend (Saturday 11th December 9am-6pm and Sunday 12th December 11am-5pm) which will be offering pre-booked appointments as well as the option to walk-in. People wishing to book a timed appointment can do so online: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$/EUqktlaJhVf1ioHjMFr0eQmZilpMAPM2eZdvXtvYEF3wclJgvOKG. The Highcross Centre clinic is located on the lower ground floor, opposite the former Debenhams store. It is open to anyone aged 12 or over and first, second, third and booster jabs are available.

The Highcross Centre clinic will also be open on the following dates:

  • Saturday 18th December 9am-6pm
  • Sunday 19th December 11am-5pm
  • Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd December 1pm-9pm

A number of additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics are available at various locations this weekend and next week, with many operating as walk-ins, so you don’t even need to make an appointment – just check the opening times and your eligibility and go along.

Walk-in clinic locations over the coming week include: Merridale Medical Centre, Vision Pharmacy in Spinney Hill, Jalaram Community Centre, the Peepul Centre, Fosse Medical Centre, the Prajapati Centre, Oakham Enterprise Park and St Hilda’s Vaccination Centre in East Goscote. Full details of local walk-in clinics are available at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

There are more clinic locations available for pre-booked appointments, details are online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ Appointments can also be booked by calling 119.

Dr Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “As we know, the Omnicron Covid variant is spreading rapidly and it is vital that we do everything we can to help slow the spread and protect ourselves.

“The vaccine is the best protection we have. Even if you still catch covid, the vaccine has proven to reduce the severity of the illness, protecting you from serious harm and avoiding hospital admission. But the vaccine’s effectiveness reduces over time, so please make sure you get your booster as soon as it is due. It gives each of us the strongest chance of being able to enjoy the festivities safely with our friends and families.”

If you are aged 40 or over, you can now get the booster three months after your second dose. You can pre-book your booster dose online if it has been two months since your second dose. You will be offered appointments from three months after the date of your second dose.

Boosters are also available if you are a frontline health or social care worker or if you are aged 16 or over and have a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid.

The latest information on who can have the different Covid vaccines and how to book can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/

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