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Walk-in Covid vaccination clinic at Bishop's Stortford Football Club on Sunday January 9

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Medical teams from the Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network – the alliance of doctors' surgeries in Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham – will be offering Covid-19 vaccinations at a walk-in clinic at Bishop's Stortford Football Club this Sunday (January 9).

Pfizer jabs for first, second and booster immunisations will be available to anyone aged 16 and over from 8.30am to 5pm at the Blues' R&D Advisors UK Stadium at Woodside off Dunmow Road.

Across East Herts, figures on Monday (Jan 3) showed there have been 30,983 cases of coronavirus in the district in total. Of these, 1,908 occurred in the last seven days, but because it takes time for tests to be processed, the figures are provisional. If the most recent five days are excluded, there have been 2,806 cases in the last (less provisional) week resulting in an incidence rate of 1,848.7 cases per 100,000 population as the Omicron variant drives infections.

Vaccinations resume at Bishop's Stortford Football Club (54045958)
Vaccinations resume at Bishop's Stortford Football Club (54045958)

Dr Rachel Joyce, director of clinical and professional services at Herts and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups, which covers the Stortford area, said: "We're asking all those who have been putting off getting their booster to make the most of this special time of year to get jabbed. The wonderful staff and volunteers at our vaccination sites are ready and waiting to boost your immunity to Covid so you can start the new year with the maximum protection possible.

"The vast majority of those currently in hospital with serious complications from Covid are unvaccinated. All of our sites offer first and second doses as well as boosters – it's not too late to catch up. Getting a vaccine is the single biggest step you can take in protecting yourself, your family and friends from Covid.

"Infection rates are still high and the more of us that get fully vaccinated the more chance we have of getting back to normal quickly and reducing the pressure on our hospitals."

Dr Rachel Joyce
Dr Rachel Joyce

Those eligible for a vaccine include:

  • Anyone aged 18 or over who had their second dose more than 12 weeks ago.
  • Anyone aged 18 or over who has not yet had any vaccine.
  • 12- to 15-year-olds ready for second vaccination three months after their first dose.
  • Immuno-compromised patients eligible for a fourth vaccine dose three months after their third jab.
  • Pregnant women who can be fast-tracked at any vaccination site for a first, second or booster dose.

Make an appointment via the NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 (free) between 7am and 11pm any day of the week.

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