Walk-in sites open up for people to get COVID-19 booster jab

Hundreds of walk-in sites across the country are now offering booster vaccines as the NHS ‘Grab-a-Jab’ campaign returns, making it even easier for people who are eligible to get their top-up jab.

In just over six weeks since the lifesaving NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme began delivering boosters, more than six million people have had their vital top-up dose, including those who are clinically vulnerable and work in health and social care.

As the programme continues to protect the country against the virus, from today (Monday), those who are eligible for a booster dose can now use the NHS online walk-in finder to find the most convenient site to get their top-up without an appointment.

From Elland Road to Kassam Stadium in Oxford, the NHS is making it as easy as possible for people to get vital protection against the virus, ahead of the winter.

There are more clinics delivering vaccines now than at any other point in the programme, including pharmacies, GP practices and other community sites – almost every person registered with a GP practice lives within 10 miles of a fixed vaccination site

Walk in centres are also offering vaccinations to 12-15 year olds to get their jab, and parents should check the ‘Grab-a-Jab’ website to find their nearest centre, which is updated each day as new sites open up.

Parents can continue to use the national booking service to book their child’s jab or through the ongoing schools programme.

More than 86 million vaccines have already been delivered and nine in 10 adults have had their first dose since the NHS in England made history when Margaret Keenan received the first jab outside of a clinical trial in Coventry, in December 2020.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS covid-19 vaccination programme said: “NHS staff are making it as easy as possible for people to get their top-up vaccination, and from today people can now go online, find their nearest site and go and get their booster without delay.

“The booster is not just a nice to have – it is really important protection ahead of what we know will be a challenging winter. So if you are eligible, please do check the site finder and go get your jab”.

A record 1.6 million top-up jabs were delivered by NHS staff and volunteers just last week, with more than six million boosters overall, as the biggest and most successful vaccination drive in health history continues.

The NHS is vaccinating in line with guidance set by the JCVI.