People of Maidstone are being encouraged to get their Covid-19 vaccine or booster this weekend at a pop up vaccination ‘walk-in’ clinic bus which is being set-up by MBC and the NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) tomorrow and next week.
The first walk in clinic will be held tomorrow (Saturday 15 January), in the Lockmeadow car park and Maidstone Borough Council is encouraging everyone shopping or working in the town to take advantage of the Covid-19 vaccine service which does not require an appointment. Open between 10am and 4pm the Covid-19 vaccine bus will be available to anyone aged 16+ although proof of age will be required.
The Covid vaccination bus will be visiting various areas as a walk-in clinic around Maidstone with others to follow in the next couple of weeks:
- Saturday 15 January – Lockmeadow, Barker Road, rear car park -10am – 4pm
- Tuesday 18 January – Lockmeadow, Barker Road, rear car park – 10am – 1pm
- Tuesday 18 January – MidKent College, Oakwood Park Campus, 2pm – 5pm
- Saturday 22 January – Jubilee Square, Maidstone – 10am -4pm
Both first and second doses along with booster vaccines will be available during the day when no appointments will be needed. (National guidance is for the second dose to be a minimum of eight weeks from the first dose, and boosters three months after the second dose.)
“It’s important that everyone eligible in Kent and Medway receives the Covid-19 vaccine and that is why we have been organising extra clinics across the county. It’s not too late to get your jab and the clinic in Maidstone provides easy access for everyone over the age of 16. No one needs to make an appointment – just turn up and get a jab.”Dr Navin Kumta, Clinical Chair of NHS Kent and Medway CCG
The Council is supporting the Covid-19 vaccine campaign with the message: ”The Covid vaccine – as essential as you are – please get the jab – no one is safe until we are all safe!”
The vaccine programme is widely recognised as the next step to recovery, offering an essential layer to protect yourself and your loved ones and still appears to be the best defence against the virus.
Maidstone Borough Council Leader, Cllr David Burton said: “These pop-up ‘walk-in’ clinics are offering a perfect opportunity for anyone in Maidstone to walk to Lockmeadow and the great news is that they don’t need to book. I would encourage everyone (who hasn’t done so already) to go and have their Covid vaccination and booster as soon as possible.”
Cllr Burton continued: “The Covid-vaccines and boosters are saving lives, protecting people, and allowing us to regain some of the freedoms we’ve missed over the last 18 months – MBC is supporting this campaign and asking everyone to get the jab as soon as they can.”
Anyone unable to attend a walk-in clinic can still book online.
For details of other opportunities to get you vaccine in Kent and Medway, visit: https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/grabajab
Please bring ID as proof of age as the clinic is only open to those aged 16+.