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Fenland vaccination centre needs you as it gears up to administer booster jabs

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One of the area's biggest vaccination centres is once again appealing for volunteers as it gears up to reopen in response to a 'tsunami of covid infections sweeping the country'.

The vaccination centre at Doddington Hospital are asking people to sign up to help starting this weekend and is looking for people who are able to give three hours at a time, happy to do a bit of online learning and can be on their feet for long periods.

The centre only closed at the end of November, having administered nearly 100,000 jabs since January, but will now be offering boosters for those eligble - all over 18s who have had their second jab at least three months ago.

Pictured is MP Steve Barclay with Dr simon Hambling at the Doddington Vaccination Centre. Photo: doddington Vaccination Centre. (53719069)
Pictured is MP Steve Barclay with Dr simon Hambling at the Doddington Vaccination Centre. Photo: doddington Vaccination Centre. (53719069)

Posting to the centre's Facebook page the centre's spokesperson said: "Well, things certainly change quickly, never a dull moment.

"Just as we shut up shop and planned to rest over Christmas, another tsunami of covid infections sweeps in to our country.

"As ever our team is gearing up to do the near impossible.The vaccination centre will now be opening for a block of seven days, starting on the 18th and ending on the 24th December. As we speak my team is making all the arrangements necessary

"The clinics will all be bookable through the National Booking System website and 119, not through surgeries.The gap between second and third doses has been reduced to 90 days.

"If anyone is in any doubt about the necessity of this, the covid infection rates are very high, and the Omicron variant is a massive threat if you have only had two doses. A booster dose gives a huge boost to your protection.

"Stay Safe, keep your distance, wear a mask and GET VACCINATED."

Meanwhile patients of the Fenland Group Practice, which covers, Manea, Doddington, Wimblington and Sutton as well as Ramsey are being warned to expect disruption to services.

Posting to their Facebook page a spokesperson said: "Apologies, but next week will see severe disruption to our normal services at the practice, as we divert all spare staff to the mass vaccination centre.

"Clinics will be cancelled, and appointments will be at a premium. Please use our services if really necessary only. Normal service will be resumed in the New Year, promise."

If you are able to volunteer to help run the clinics then email your details to: Catherine.carman@nhs.net

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