Walk-in and grab your jab this weekend

Anyone aged 18 or over in Leeds will have the opportunity to get their Covid-19 vaccination this weekend by simply walking into one of a number of vaccination clinics.

Dubbed ‘Grab a Jab’ this country-wide vaccination push aims to make it as easy as possible for anyone to receive either their first or second dose without having to wait for a pre-booked appointment.

Walk-in clinics are taking place at several centres in Leeds throughout the weekend from Friday (25/6) until Monday (28/6).  Details are available at www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/walk-in-clinics/

 Text messages are also being sent to people living in areas where there has been a lower uptake of vaccinations with a link to information on local walk-in services. Council officers have also been visiting residents in areas where cases are particularly high to promote and answer questions about enhanced community testing and explain the testing process.

In addition, health care professionals will be at the Trinity Centre in Leeds on Saturday from 10am to 4pm to help book appointments and to answer any questions that people may have about the vaccine.

Sam Prince, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Rollout in Leeds, said: “Over recent weeks it’s been great to see glimpses of what we once called normal life return and I know we all want restrictions to be lifted.

“The reality of the situation is that getting the vaccine is the best way we can all help to see those restrictions lifted.  The more people are fully vaccinated, the more the spread of the virus will be limited and fewer people will end up in hospital.

That is the aim of ‘Grab a Jab weekend’.  It’s about vaccinating as many people as possible and making the process easy for everyone to get their jabs – whether that is a first or second dose.

 “If you are 18 or over please go and grab your jab or make an appointment at a time and place that’s convenient for you via the National Booking Service.

 “Second doses have been brought forward to eight weeks following evidence showing how important the second jab is in protecting people against the Delta variant that is now spreading across the country. Giving these at eight weeks will still ensure the vaccines provide people with the maximum protection against Covid-19.

 “This virus has devastating consequence for people of all ages and backgrounds. Getting everyone vaccinated remains the most important way of getting back to normality – it’s that simple,” added Ms Prince.