Act now – Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week in Essex and Suffolk

May 21, 2021

Two large COVID-19 vaccination centres in Essex and Suffolk will be opening their doors to walk-in sessions for the first time next week as the NHS continues to encourage everyone eligible to come forward to have their life-saving jab.

Chelmsford City Racecourse and Gainsborough Sports Centre will both be open for two days of walk-in clinics next week for people aged 40 and over to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and for people aged 50 and over who would like to bring forward their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from 12 to eight weeks.

The drop-in sessions for the AstraZeneca vaccine comes as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history continues to roll out.

Chelmsford City Racecourse will be open to walk-ins on Tuesday (25 May) and Wednesday (26 May) next week from 10am to 7pm, and Gainsborough Sports Centre on Wednesday (26 May) and Thursday (27 May) from 10am to 7pm. Walk-in centres will close once all vaccinations available for the day have been administered.

Everyone turning up for their first dose are asked to bring their NHS number with them, or alternatively a form of ID with proof of their age, for example a driving licence or passport.

Nigel Leonard, Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation at EPUT, who is co-ordinating the vaccination centres across Suffolk and North East Essex and Mid and South Essex, said: “We want to ensure no one is left behind and we know some people would like the flexibility to just turn up for their vaccine to fit in with their family and work commitments.

“If you are in either of these of groups either 40 and over or wanting to bring your second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine forward, please come forward to protect yourself, your families and your communities.

Please dress for the weather, as if we have large take-up people may need to wait for a period of time so we can vaccinate everyone safely while adhering to social distancing rules.

You can find your NHS number online by going to  The service will send a text, email or letter with your NHS number.