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Vaccine push as parts of Spalding lag behind on jab takeup

Areas in Spalding town centre have some of the lowest levels of vaccine takeup in the county – with pop-up jab clinics aiming to help boost figures.

Government data shows Spalding North and Spalding East wards have the fourth and fifth lowest percentages of adults with a Covid jab in Lincolnshire.

This week pop-up vaccine clinics have run at Spalding Skate Park, Sheep Market Car Park and Monks House Lane Playing Field - following sessions at Springfields and the Market Place on Friday and Saturday.

The pop-up vaccine clinic in Sheep Market Car Park, Spalding (49428790)
The pop-up vaccine clinic in Sheep Market Car Park, Spalding (49428790)

Today (Thursday), people can receive a jab from the Johnson Hospital Car Park from 10am until 4pm. Tomorrow, a mobile unit will offer doses from the Fun Farm car boot site in Weston from noon until 2pm.

The Princess Royal Sports Arena at Wyberton Fen also offers daily walk-in jabs from 8am-7pm - and a late session until 10pm tonight.

In Spalding North 65.7% of people have had their first vaccine dose and 51.3% have had both jabs. For Spalding East, those numbers are 67.8% and 54.3% respectively.

Only Boston Central, neighbouring Fenside and Pelham Bridge in Lincoln have lower levels in the county according to the figures, which show data up to Tuesday.

In the rest of South Holland vaccine figures at the time of press were:

  • Fleet Hargate & Holbeach St Johns - 1st dose 88.9%, 2nd dose 76.6%
  • Moulton Weston and Whaplode - 1st dose 88.9%, 2nd dose 75.4%
  • Crowland & Cowbit - 1st dose 88.7%, 2nd dose 74.3%
  • Donington, Quadring & Gosberton - 1st dose 88.5%, 2nd dose 76.4%
  • Long Sutton West, Gedney & Holbeach Hurn - 1st dose 87.5%, 2nd dose 74%
  • Long Sutton East & Sutton Bridge - 1st dose 85.5%, 2nd dose 70.5%
  • Pinchbeck & Deeping St Nicholas - 1st dose 84.2%, 2nd dose 70.5%
  • Holbeach - 1st dose 83%, 2nd dose - 69.4%

Nationally, the average shows 88% of adults have had one dose and 68.8% both jabs - while in Lincolnshire this week the first vaccine average is approaching 85%.

Rebecca Neno, Deputy Chief Nurse, NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’d like to see anyone who’s not been vaccinated or had their second vaccination, but we’re especially keen to vaccinate younger people who have not yet come forwards, if you are still undecided please do come along to one of our vaccine centres and discuss your concerns.”

She added: “Following on from the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ I think it’s worthwhile reminding people that it’s still important to do the right thing and to use common sense, but most critical of all is getting vaccinated. Please remember, getting vaccinated is the best way out of this for all of us.”

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