Anyone over 18 will be able to walk in and get their jab at convenient sites all over the UK while going about their usual weekend business – without needing to book a time in advance.
The NHS has launched a new online service enabling people to simply enter their postcode and find their nearest walk-in site, and text messages will be sent to people living nearby who haven’t had their first dose yet.
Second doses will also be available, as long as it has been eight weeks since the first dose for people aged 40 and over and 12 weeks for people under 40.
The move comes as the NHS continues the final push to vaccinate everyone, following the watershed moment last Friday when every adult in the country became eligible for the jab.
Over 10 million doses have already been given in the South East.
Vaughn Lewis NHSE South East Regional Medical Director said: “It is just as important to get vaccinated now as it was on day one of the programme, and it has never been easier to walk in and grab your jab while you are out and about this weekend.
“We urge everyone who has not yet had their first dose to find the most convenient walk-in for them this weekend, because the more people who get the life-saving jab, the safer it is for everyone.”
A little more than a week since the system opened to everyone, more than a third of people aged 18-24 have been vaccinated.
More than one million appointments were booked in last Friday and Saturday following the move, an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.
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.
Latest figures show the NHS in England has delivered more than 62 million vaccinations just six months after making history when Margaret Keenan received the approved vaccine in Coventry.
Four in five adults have now received their first dose of the jab, with three in five already fully vaccinated after receiving two doses.
Where can I get a walk-in Covid Vaccination in Oxfordshire?
A full list of walk-in sites can be found online at www.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab so people can find the most convenient venue for them.
There are 2 available in Oxfordshire at the time of writing:
Saturday 09:30 to 16:40
The Leys Health Centre, Dunnock Way, Oxford, OX4 7EX
Pfizer – Dose 1 ONLY
|Saturday||09:30 to 16:40|
Sunday 13:30 to 17:30
2 Manzil Way, Cowley, Oxford OX4 1GE
Pfizer – Dose 1 ONLY
|Sunday||13:30 to 17:30|
All adults can now book at one of the 1,600 vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites across the country that are available through the national booking service. Vaccination centres are also available in convenient locations such as mosques, museums and football stadiums.
Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.
What are the types of COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK are:
- Moderna vaccine
- Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Which vaccine will I get?
When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you and you cannot choose. All types have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
What are the Covid-19 Vaccination Side effects?
The COVID-19 vaccines can cause some side effects, usually mild and should not last longer than a few days. Previously reported have been:
- a sore arm from the injection
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
- feeling or being sick
More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare and should not be a reason to not get vaccinated.