From a Cambridge college to Colchester United FC – walk-in and get protected in the east of England this weekend, as region hits 8 million covid vaccine doses

Any adult in the east of England can still ‘grab-a-jab’ this weekend, just by visiting one of many covid vaccination pop ups and walk-ins across the region, as the NHS vaccination programme seeks to maximise protection before Covid restrictions are lifted.

The east of England vaccine programme has now ensured more than 3.5 million local people have received two doses of covid vaccine, with more than 8 million doses given in the region overall.

Any adult can turn up and get their first vaccine if they have not already taken up the offer, and can choose from sites such as King’s College in Cambridge, North Watford Mosque, Colchester United FC, and Bishop’s Stortford FC.

In Norwich, the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre will be hosting walk-ins all weekend, Tesco on Prince’s Road in Chelmsford will be hosting Moderna walk-ins this Saturday, and at Saxon Court the jab is being offered right next to The Centre:mk Milton Keynes shopping centre – so you can even have some retail therapy and your vaccine on the same day!

Tiffany Hemming, Director Covid-19 mass vaccination operational delivery for NHS England and NHS Improvement East of England, said: “As we approach 19 July, there has never been a more important time to get your first vaccine; it not only protects you and your family but also your friends and those around you.

“So, while you’re out enjoying the sunshine we are all hoping for this weekend, please do your bit and ‘grab a jab’ too.

“Our staff, volunteers and healthcare colleagues are still working hard to make sure everyone has easy access to this vital protection, so please check your local NHS CCG websites, social media accounts or the national booking system and postcode checker for sites most convenient to you.”

Second doses are also available to people who had their first dose eight weeks ago or longer, in line with JCVI guidance, to give the best possible protection from the delta variant.

The online web tool that allows people to find their nearest centre by simply entering their postcode will be updated from today, making it easier than ever to get a jab in the arm.

Anyone aged 18 or over is being urged to visit their nearest walk-in centre this weekend or book their appointment on the National Booking Service website.

People who attend a walk-in clinic for their first dose will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the national booking system.

Earlier this week the NHS sent out 650,000 texts encouraging people to get jabbed eight weeks after their first dose in line with JCVI guidance.

Anybody who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

Over 68 million vaccinations have been delivered by the NHS in England since making history when Margaret Keenan received the first jab outside of a clinical trial in Coventry, in December 2020.

So far, the NHS Vaccination Programme, the biggest in health service history and fastest in Europe, has jabbed over 38 million people across the country – more than 85% of all adults.


To book your covid vaccine online, visit here.

Anybody who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

NHS websites in the East of England for local vaccination information

•        Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

•        Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

•        Hertfordshire and West Essex

•        Mid and South Essex

•        Norfolk and Waveney

•        Suffolk and North East Essex