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King’s Lynn Shakespeare Barn Covid vaccination centre closed on May 1 due to Grand East Anglia Run 10K

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The large-scale Covid vaccination centre at Shakespeare Barn, Lynn Arts Centre will be closed on Sunday (May 1) as runners gather in town to tackle the Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K.

The centre will be open every other day for both walk-ins and booked appointments to enable all those eligible to access their vital vaccination or booster jabs.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the following recently eligible groups, who could already book appointments via the National Booking Service or by ringing 119 (free of charge), could also access their jabs on a walk-in basis:

A Covid-19 jab is prepared. Picture: PA
A Covid-19 jab is prepared. Picture: PA

• People who are 75 and older, and those aged 12 years and older who are severely immunosuppressed are eligible for a top-up booster appointment six months after their last dose as part of the national Spring Booster programme.

• Children aged 5-11 who are not in at-risk groups are also now eligible for their first Covid vaccine with a second dose available 12 weeks later.

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “We know vaccines give significant protection against severe illness from Covid-19, so I strongly urge anyone who’s eligible to come forward.

“Our vaccination teams continue to do an amazing job delivering the largest vaccination programme in NHS history and we’d like to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers for working over the holiday period to enable many more people to get vaccinated.

“If you haven’t yet had your first, second or (if you were immunosuppressed at the time you had these) third dose of the vaccine, or any other booster, it’s never too late – you can simply walk-in to a local vaccination centre or book an appointment online via the National Booking Service.”

Parents and guardians are asked to attend the vaccination centre with their children and are asked to read the patient information available.

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