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Three Covid booster jags clinics confirmed by Grantown Medical Practice


By Gavin Musgrove

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Grantown Medical Practice has announced it will be holding three Covid booster clinics for anyone eligible to get their jags.

The UK is currently at Level Four means a high or rising level of transmission the virus – the last time the UK was at this level was in May.

It follows warnings of a 'tsunami' of the Covid variant omicron being on the way.

A health centre spokesperson stated: "In order to get everyone vaccinated with their Covid booster by the end of the year, we will be running three covid booster clinics in the coming week.

Any Grantown patient aged 18 years or over who has received two Covid vaccinations prior to September 20 will be eligible to attend.

"There needs to be three months between the second covid vaccination and the booster.

"We are running these in the Ian Charles Community Hospital between 9am and 5pm on Friday 17th December, Monday 20th December and Tuesday 21st December."

"Due to the timescales involved we will not have time to write out as we normally do.

"Patients can come for the booster on any of these dates but it is likely that there will be queues and we would ask for your patience as we work through vaccinating everyone.

"Entry to the clinics will be via the front door of the hospital, and there will be a one way system in place.

"Face masks and social distancing will be required."

The spokesperson added that they were aware that not everyone uses the web and social media so asked local residents to pass this information to family and friends who may be eligible.

People have been told to work from home 'if they can' due to the Omicron variant.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised statement on Monday evening: "I'm afraid we're now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron.

"It is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need.

"But the good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dose, a booster dose, we can all bring our level of protection back up."

He added: "At this point our scientists cannot say that Omicron is less severe.

"And even if that proved to be true, we already know it is so much more transmissible that a wave of Omicron through a population that was not boosted would risk a level of hospitalisation that could overwhelm our NHS and lead sadly to very many deaths."

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