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Drop-in vaccine clinics pop up across York

Patients living in York who have not yet received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose are being encouraged to 'grab a jab' from this weekend.

Starting on Friday 25 June, drop-in clinics will be popping up across the city allowing people aged 18 and over to easily access the vaccine without needing to book an appointment in advance, but appointments can be booked through GPs if needed.

The clinics are being held at selected venues across the city over the weekend and throughout next week. A full list of times and locations is available on the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group website.

After a patient gets their first vaccine dose at a drop-in clinic, they can book their second dose through the national booking service, online or by phoning 119, from 24 hours afterwards.

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair of NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We have made incredible progress in York to ensure that all of our eligible patients are vaccinated. Now is the right time to give our vaccination programme an extra boost so that as many people are protected against the virus as possible."

"People often have family, work or social commitments that can make it difficult to find the time, which is why we are making the process quick and easy by taking a flexible approach to the pop-up clinics."

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health at City of York Council, said: "Vaccines significantly reduce the likelihood of you catching COVID-19 and they help stop the virus being passed on."

"With cases rising in the city, we’re opening new vaccination clinics across York. So, if you’re 18 or over and haven’t already had one of these safe and effective vaccines, please do the right thing and come and get one! The more people who are vaccinated, the safer we all are and the sooner the city and our lives can fully resume."

In York, over 228,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered since the vaccination programme began. Last week, the rollout of the programme in England expanded to include all adults aged 18 and over.

Those who have had both doses of the vaccine can demonstrate their vaccination status two weeks after their second dose through the NHS COVID Pass. This can be used for travelling abroad to some countries and at a series of event trials in England

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