Covid: Walk-in vaccination clinics at Bournemouth University

THREE walk-in Covid vaccination clinics will be held at Bournemouth University this week.

Anyone over the age of 18 in the area who needs their first dose of vaccine is encouraged to come to the clinics, which will see Dorset HealthCare staff administer the Pfizer vaccine.

No appointment is necessary for sessions at Kimmeridge House, with around 400 doses available each day on a first come, first served basis.

The dates and times for the three clinics are as follows:

  • Thursday July 8 – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday July 9 – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dorset HealthCare, the NHS trust responsible for rolling out the vaccine across the county, said there would be further appointment opportunities at the Bournemouth International Center (Purbeck Hall) from July 14, with more than details released later this week.

The early reopening was made possible through a concerted effort of health, care and community partners who came together to support the establishment and operation, the trust said.

Normally booked appointments will resume at BIC from July 19 – residents can book their time slot now on the national reservation system.

Anna Chainey, COVID-19 manager at Dorset HealthCare, said: “We were delighted with the response to our walk-in clinics in Winton – we were able to vaccinate around 400 people over the three days.

“Many people have told us how convenient it is to be in a place very close to them, so we hope this next round of clinics will be popular as well. We are also excited to be back in BIC soon – we had a fantastic response to our service there with 98% of visitors saying they were happy with their experience.

Staff will also be on hand to help people make an appointment on another day if that’s what residents prefer.

Dorset health and care organizations continue to explore other opportunities and places to vaccinate as many local people as possible.

With the increase in Covid cases in the BCP Council area, it is all the more important that people have their vaccines to help prevent serious illness and reduce the risk of the virus spreading, the trust said.

The number of doses given in Dorset has now exceeded one million and around 80 percent of the local population have now had their first vaccine.

Residents can also always book their vaccinations at other locations through the national reservation system (nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19), including local pharmacies – or access them through many GP networks.

For more information, go to the Dorset Vaccination Program Information Center at dorsetccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations

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