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Solent NHS Trust invites everyone aged 50 and over to be jabbed

Man waiting while nurse books his vaccination

The NHS across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is encouraging people who have been invited for a vaccine to book their jab.

Letters and texts are going out to those aged 50 to 54 inviting them to pick a convenient slot at one of the four large-scale vaccination centres, or pharmacy led services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

People who cannot go online can book a slot through 119.

The four large scale vaccination centres have available appointments and are spread across the area at the following locations:

  • Basingstoke Fire Station
  • St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth
  • The Riverside Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight
  • Oakley Road in Millbrook, Southampton

You can book your vaccination appointment if any of the following apply:

  • You are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) or have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • You are an eligible frontline health or social care workers
  • You have a learning disability
  • You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
  • You are 50 years of age and over

Angela Anderson, Clinical Director for the COVID-19 vaccination programme at Solent NHS Trust, said: “It has been fantastic seeing everyone coming through the doors of our vaccination centres since we opened. Staff and volunteers at the centres have been doing brilliant work supporting residents receiving their first doses, and people’s reactions to being vaccinated have been wonderful to see.

“We are encouraging eligible people to book their vaccination online using the national booking system, or to call 119 if they are unable to use the internet. Anyone aged 50 and over who has not yet been vaccinated can now come forward. We have appointments available 7 days a week, between 8am and 8pm and they can choose the centre which best suits them.”

People need an appointment to get their vaccine with appointments available and released regularly. More slots are released every couple of days, so people should keep checking back.

If people have already been given an appointment by their local GP-led service, they should attend that and not book another through the national service. If people would prefer to be vaccinated by their local (GP) vaccination service, they can wait to be called by their surgery.

Vaccinations are being offered to people in line with guidance set out by the independent JCVI.

In April NHS staff will be focussing on vaccinating those in priority groups 1 to 9 and also second doses as national supply reduces as set out by the Government's Vaccines Task Force.

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