People in Lincolnshire will be able to take advantage of late night walk-in covid vaccinations today, Thursday 15th July, until 10pm at the county’s two Mass Vaccination Centres (MVCs) at PRSA, Boston, and the Lincolnshire Showground.
Whilst both MVCs are usually open till 7pm, seven days a week, in an effort to get more people vaccinated the NHS in Lincolnshire has extended the opening hours until 10pm for one day only, and hope this will enable even more of us to get vaccinated.
“We know that there is a range of reasons that not everyone can come and get their vaccinations during the day, not least of which are work and childcare commitments, so we hope extending the hours at our two largest sites will help,” comments Rebecca Neno, Deputy Chief Nurse, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.
“The walk-ins we’ve run to-date across the county have been successful in attracting a decent number of people to get vaccinated, I think mainly due to the ease with which you can just turn up and get jabbed. You don’t even need an NHS number.
“But we want to do more and reach out to the people that we know would struggle to make a walk-in, unless we make them available until later in the evening, hence our plans to stay open later this evening. At our PRSA MVC there will even be the opportunity to get a bite to eat at Boston Rugby Club, who will be putting on light refreshments.”
Lincolnshire is very close to hitting the 85% target set by the government (cohorts 1-12) and is currently at 84.2%.
“We’ve given well over 900,000 covid vaccinations – and climbing – and we’d really love to get to the 85% in the next few days. To do this we need to give another 6,000 vaccinations, so with this in mind we’re pushing on and continuing to offer as many walk-in and pop-up vaccination opportunities as we can across the county,” explains Rebecca.
As well as having two vaccinations to gain maximum protection from covid, being double jabbed will also be vital for those of us hoping to get away over the summer, particularly since the government confirmed last week that fully vaccinated people returning from amber list countries will not have to self-isolate.
“It’s all about getting protected, not only to enjoy the summer, but also to put ourselves in the best possible position to be able to return to some kind of ‘new normal’. We are particularly keen to vaccinate younger people aged 18-29, since they make up many of the recent cases and hospitalisations.
“We know there is an element of hesitancy amongst younger people. I would urge anyone who is unsure to come along to one of our vaccination sites and talk to the teams there – they will listen to your concerns and will provide you with the information you need to make your own decision,” adds Rebecca.
To get vaccinated as a walk-in all you need to do is turn up, you don’t even need an NHS number.
Alternatively you can book an appointment via the National Booking System or by calling 119.