A raft of pop-up vaccination clinics are being held across Hampshire and Isle of Wight amid a fresh plea for everyone eligible to take up the offer of a COVID-19 jab.
Solent NHS Trust is working in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIWFRS) to offer clinics at fire stations, giving people an even wider range of opportunities to receive their first, second or booster vaccination.
The Trust is also running sessions at venues across the area, including community centres.
Further clinics will be announced in the coming days and weeks. Clinics will offer Pfizer vaccines only and teams are providing:
- First and second (after 12 weeks of the first dose) vaccinations for young people aged 12-15, as well as 16 and 17-year-olds.
- First and second (after eight weeks of the first dose) vaccinations for people aged 18 and over.
- Booster vaccinations to people over the age of 16 (three months after second vaccination).
The pop-ups will take place on:
- Tuesday 15 February, 1-8pm, Hythe Fire Station
- Thursday 17 February, 12-6pm at Cosham Fire Station
- Friday 18 February, 1-8pm, St Mary’s Fire Station
- Tuesday 22 February, 1-8pm Hythe Fire Station
- Thursday 3 March, 12-6pm, Cosham Fire Station
- Friday 4 March, 1-8pm, St Mary’s Fire Station
- Saturday 5 March, 11am – 5pm, East Cowes Fire Station
- Monday 7 March, 1pm-8pm, Hightown Fire Station
- Tuesday 8 March, 1pm-8pm, Hythe Fire Station
- Friday 11 March, 1pm-8pm, St Mary’s Fire Station
- Saturday 19 March, 11am-5pm, Freshwater Fire Station
- Saturday 26 March, 11am-5pm, Cowes Fire Station
Children aged 12-15 will need to attend a pop-up clinic or vaccination centre with their parent or guardian, who will be asked to give their consent. Children can get a first dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12.
Any 12-15 year old who has tested positive for COVID-19 must wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine. This starts from the date of their positive PCR test.
Angela Anderson, Solent NHS Trust’s Clinical Director of COVID-19 vaccinations, said:
“Our dedicated teams are working really hard to ensure we can offer the vaccine to as many people across our communities as possible.
“A big thank you to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service for continuing to support the NHS vaccination programme.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming seriously ill. We continue to increase opportunities to get vaccinated so if you need your first, second or booster jab please come to one of our pop-up clinics or walk into one of our mass vaccination centres.”
HIWFRS’ Assistant Chief Officer Stew Adamson said:
“As a fire and rescue service we have a responsibility to help protect lives and make our communities safer and the vaccination programme is one of the most important ways in which we can do that right now.
“Our fire stations play an important role in the lives of the communities we serve, so we are more than happy to be able to help Solent NHS Trust again by opening our doors to the public.
“The stations will remain fully operational throughout and this is a great opportunity for people who live nearby to take up the offer of a first, second or booster jab.”
In addition to the walk-in clinics at fire stations, more than 100 firefighters and support staff have volunteered to work as vaccinators or provide administrative support to the booster programme.
Dr Matt Nisbet, GP and Clinical Lead of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, said:
“It is fantastic news that there will now be even more opportunities for people to get their jab at pop-up across the area. We are hugely grateful to Solent NHS Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, local businesses, community centres and all of our colleagues, partners and volunteers for their continued support.
“The offer of a COVID-19 vaccine is not time-limited so anyone invited can have the jab – even if they have previously declined and changed their mind.
“Latest evidence shows that two vaccines do not give us the protection we need from Omicron due to the speed at which the variant spreads. However, a booster can restore protection to around 75%, so we strongly encourage everyone eligible to take up the offer of a booster as soon as possible.”
The three mass vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight continue to offer walk-in appointments for all doses between 8am and 8pm seven days a week at Oakley Road in Southampton, St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth and the Riverside Centre on the Isle of Wight.
Vaccinations are also available at walk-in clinics provided by GP practices, outreach clinics, hospital hubs and pharmacies. People are also able to book an appointment through the National Booking System.
For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination