Pop-up vaccination centre to boost rates

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Last Updated: 08 Apr 2021 4:41pm

A pop-up vaccination centre for East Malling, West Malling and Larkfield will be open on Monday 12 April from 11am to 2pm for those who have not had their first Covid-19 jab.

Figures show that the area has approximately 1,000 people in who are at higher risk from the virus but have yet to have their first injection.

The following groups can turn up to the pop-up centre at The East Malling Centre, Chapman Way, East Malling, on Monday without an appointment:

  • those aged over 50
  • frontline health or social care workers
  • those with an existing health condition that puts them at higher risk
  • those with a learning disability
  • carers for someone at high risk from coronavirus

Anyone attending will be required to show proof of eligibility (employment/age) and those with an underlying health condition will need to bring a GP or consultant’s letter, or a prescription that clearly shows a name and address. A clinician will check eligibility on the day.

Julie Beilby, Chief Executive of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council said: ‘We became aware of the lower-than-average take-up of the coronavirus vaccination in these areas, and wanted to do something to make it easier for people to get protected. I’d like to thank the NHS for helping make this happen and hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this potentially life-saving opportunity.’

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) Deputy Chief Executive, Gordon Flack, said: 'We’re very pleased to be working with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to bring our vaccination outreach programme to East Malling, West Malling and Larkfield.

'We have now delivered more than a million vaccinations to the people of Kent and Medway, which is a testament to the volunteers, GPs, nurses, pharmacists and more who are vaccinating all those who are eligible, and we continue to urge people to come forward for your first or second dose when called.'