Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics open in Suffolk this week

June 9, 2021

Gainsborough Sports Centre is once again opening its doors to walk-in sessions this week as the NHS continues to encourage everyone eligible to come forward to have their life-saving jab.

Gainsborough Vaccination Centre will be open for two days of walk-in clinics this week. We are also extending the walk in opportunity to Chevington Close Vaccination site in Bury St Edmunds for the first time for one day over the weekend.

The walk in appointments are for people aged 40 and over to receive their first dose of the 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.

Gainsborough Vaccination Centre in Ipswich will be open on Thursday (10th June) and Friday (11th June) between 10am and 6pm. Chevington Close Vaccination Centre in Bury St Edmunds will be open on Saturday (June 12th), between 10am and 6pm. There will be limited numbers of vaccine and the walk-ins will close once the daily vaccine supply runs out.

Everyone turning up for their first dose must either bring their NHS number with them or alternatively ID with proof of their age, for example a driving licence or passport. If you’re arriving for your second dose, please bring your first dose appointment card with you that shows the vaccine you were given. If
you don’t have this, please make sure to bring your NHS number.

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: “These walk in appointments are designed to encourage people who would like the flexibility to just turn up for their vaccine to fit in with their life commitments.”

Please be aware that there might be a wait while we make sure everyone is vaccinated safely and in line with social distancing rules, and that the site will close when all the vaccines available on the day have been given.

The weather is looking very warm for the end of the week so please dress appropriately – bring a drink and even something to sit on in case, as it is likely that there will be a queue.

People who are age 25 to 39, or who would prefer the certainty of a guaranteed booked appointment, can book online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or phone 119 to get their appointment scheduled.

The last group of adults began to be called forward for the first time today, with around three million people aged between 25 and 29 getting invited to book their first dose.

More than half of adults are now fully vaccinated giving them maximum possible protection from coronavirus.

People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women are being offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance. These walk-in clinics are offering Astra Zeneca only, so we’d encourage those in these groups to go online and book their jab.