Covid booster vaccinations are now being given to people over 50 who had their second vaccination at least six months ago. Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, visited the vaccination centre at Walton Hospital and believes booster jabs will be vital to stopping a potential spike in infection rates this Christmas.
Toby said, “There is a fantastic set up at Walton Hospital and they will be able to do up to 2,000 vaccinations every day, though are only doing around 600 at the moment. I would encourage anyone over 50, and who had their second vaccination over 6 months ago, to get their booster jab immediately.
And if you have not yet had your first or second jab, it is even more imperative that you get it done as soon as possible. Nobody wants to see a surge in the virus over winter, and it is vital for local businesses, schools and families that we don’t have restrictions put back in place.”
The move to Walton Hospital continues the fantastic work done at the Winding Wheel Theatre, which has returned to its normal function. The vaccination centre is in the hospital’s Peter McCarthy Suite, which has been extensively repurposed to provide the new facilities needed. Anyone who has not had their first or second vaccinations, and those who are over 50 and it has been at least 182 days since their second vaccination, can just walking without the need for an appointment. People who have low immunity may need a third primary vaccination and this can be done 8 weeks after their last jab.
If people are unsure about their eligibility, want to book an appointment or have any other queries, they can call 01246 253 030. You can also book in online using the national booking system.
Toby added, “I would encourage everyone to get both doses of the vaccine and that those eligible have their booster jabs. Staff tell me that there is a shortage of the younger cohort coming through and ensuring everyone is vaccinated will reduce the spread and the virulence of the virus to ensure that we do not see an increase in the virus and can continue to move back towards a more normal way of life.”