Now that the summer – and some decent weather – has finally arrived, people’s thoughts are turning towards holidays and downtime, but they are being reminded that it’s not too late to get their covid vaccination.
In Lincolnshire, the NHS vaccination teams are still operating around the county, with a particular focus on pop-up walk-in vaccination sessions, that allow people to simply turn up – without an appointment – and get their covid vaccination.
“The pop-up vaccination sessions continue to prove really popular with people around Lincolnshire, particularly the sessions we are running using our vaccination bus,” explains Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.
“They represent the ultimate in flexibility, since you don’t need to make an appointment to get vaccinated at one of our pop-ups. Provided you are eligible we will be only too happy to give you your vaccination. You can find out more, including the latest locations, by visiting our Grab a Jab page.”
Of course, for those who prefer the certainty of an appointment, there is still the option to book online via the National Booking System or by calling 119.
“We’re still offering the spring boosters to people aged 75 and over, as well as to those who are immunosuppressed, and we’re also continuing with the ‘evergreen offer’ of first, second and booster vaccinations for people who haven’t already had them,” adds Rebecca.
“With this in mind, there are a couple of things to remember. Firstly, getting vaccinated is still the best way to gain the maximum protection from covid. Secondly, you will need around three months for your immune system to gain the full benefit from being vaccinated.
So, without wanting to wish the summer months away, three months from now takes us into September and the situation, in terms of covid case numbers, could look different again by then.”
The covid vaccination bus has been very busy since it arrived around a month ago on loan from Lincolnshire County Council, and next week it will be on-site during the Lincolnshire Show (Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd June), offering people the chance to talk to NHS staff about the covid vaccination.
“We’re really pleased to be back at the Lincolnshire Show again for the first time in a few years, with our partners at Lincolnshire County Council. The bus will not be giving vaccinations during the show, but our team will be able to help signpost you to one of our pop-up vaccination sessions where you can get vaccinated or to the National Booking System where you can book your vaccination, as well as being able to answer any questions you may have about the vaccination,” comments Rebecca.
The current list of pop-up locations, including those using the vaccination bus, can be found on our Grab a Jab page along with other information on the covid vaccination programme.