Walk- in special COVID vaccination clinic to run at Bath and West Showground this weekend

Across Somerset, local residents who have not yet had their COVID vaccination are being invited to attend a special drop-in clinic at the large vaccination centre at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet.

All eligible adults who have not yet had a first dose, or booked a slot through the National Booking Service (NBS), can come along to the vaccination site any time between 10am and 6pm on Saturday 12 June and Sunday 13 June.

Caroline Upton, clinical lead at the vaccination centre said “We really want to encourage as many eligible people as possible, to take up the offer of a COVID jab – so we are running a one-off special, walk-in weekend clinic. 

“We have plenty of vaccine supply available. There is no need to book, just come along – but please bear with us as it could be busy.  Our friendly team of vaccinators and volunteers will be ready to welcome people to the site and keep the clinics running as smoothly as possible.”

The walk-in clinics will operate at the Bath and West Showground this weekend, in addition to any existing pre-booked vaccination appointments. People who have a confirmed booking slot for either first or second doses, should continue to attend their bookings as planned.

After the weekend walk-ins, people should book as normal before attending the site.

There are a broad range of vaccination sites in Somerset on offer through the NBS including; large vaccination sites, GP-led community sites and an increasing number of new pharmacy-led sites.  People can book both first and second doses in advance by calling 119 or visiting: nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

This week, the Government announced that anyone aged over 25 can now book their COVID jab through the NBS.  Vaccinations also continue to be available for anyone in priority groups 1-12 who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccine. 

All Somerset vaccination sites are following the latest JCVI preference to provide an alternative to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for adults under the age of 39, without underlying health conditions.