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Covid-19 vaccination clinics: Walk-in sessions for Bishop's Stortford area residents reduced after demand leads to long queues and traffic disruption



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NHS chiefs have cancelled a number of Covid-19 vaccination sessions because significant demand is leading to "unacceptably long queues" and traffic disruption.

A statement from East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on Tuesday (December 14) announced the decision and urged people not to leave home without checking where and when walk-in sessions are being held.

Walk-in sessions are still available at two Harlow vaccination centres and one in Ware.

Health chiefs have cancelled some walk-in vaccination sessions. Photo: Simon Jacobs (53713343)
Health chiefs have cancelled some walk-in vaccination sessions. Photo: Simon Jacobs (53713343)
  • Lister Medical Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow CM18 6YJ, is holding walk-in sessions Tuesday (Dec 14), Wednesday (Dec 15), Friday (Dec 17) and Saturday (Dec 18) from 9am to 5pm. Sessions will be held on Sunday (Dec 19) from 9am to 2pm. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be administered on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, but only Moderna on Wednesday and Sunday. This venue will accept those aged 16+ for walk-ins on days that the Pfizer vaccine is available. Booster jabs are available for those eligible. The centre will be closed between 1pm and 2pm. This is a small-scale session designed to serve people living in the immediate local area. Please do not travel to this site. You may be turned away if demand exceeds the capacity of the clinic.
  • There are only two walk-in sessions being held at Harlow Leisurezone, Second Avenue, Harlow CM20 2DT, on Saturday (Dec 18) and Sunday (Dec 19) from 10am to 1pm, with the Pfizer vaccine available. This venue will accept those aged 16+ for walk-ins on days that the Pfizer vaccine is available. Booster jabs are available for those eligible.
  • A walk-in session will be held at Ware Priory, High Street, Ware SG129AL on Friday (Dec 17) from 10.30am to 2pm with Pfizer administered. Anyone over 12 can attend for first, second and booster doses if they meet the eligibility criteria. The clinic will vaccinate as many people as it can on the day but may have to close the queue early if the session proves to be very popular.

Additional sessions will now become bookable online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119, giving people the security of a guaranteed appointment time.

Thousands of additional appointments in the area are being added to the national booking service this week – people are urged to check back with the site if initially unable to find a suitable appointment.

Health chiefs are asking people to "be kind and understanding with staff and volunteers who are working hard to help you in very fast-moving circumstances".

More walk-ins will be planned and scheduled over the next fortnight. For more centres holding walk-in sessions in Herts and west Essex see https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/events/vaccination-walk-in-clinic-times.



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