Pop-up Covid jabs in Spalding on Wednesday
A new pop-up vaccine clinic will run in Spalding on Wednesday - with take up in the town still lagging behind the rest of the area.
A walk-in facility will run at Springfields Events and Conference Centre from noon until 7pm - offering both first or second doses of either the Pfizer or Astra Zeneca Covid jab.
No appointments are needed - and doses are now available to all over 16s.
In Spalding North, just 66.7% of adults have had their first vaccine dose and 59.1% have had both jabs. For Spalding East, those numbers are 68.8% and 61.2% respectively.
That compares to a national average of 87.7% of adults having had their first jab and 76.7% having had a second dose. The figures are 81.3% and 73.8% respectively for South Holland as a whole.
In Lincolnshire, just Pelham Bridge in Lincoln, Boston Central and Fenside - also in Boston - have lower levels of vaccine take up.
At time of press, the figures - which cover up to Sunday - show that the vaccine take up in the rest of South Holland is:
- Fleet Hargate & Holbeach St Johns - 1st dose 89.9%, 2nd dose 82.6%
- Moulton Weston and Whaplode - 1st dose 89.8%, 2nd dose 82.9%
- Crowland & Cowbit - 1st dose 89.7%, 2nd dose 81.1%
- Donington, Quadring & Gosberton - 1st dose 89.3%, 2nd dose 83%
- Long Sutton West, Gedney & Holbeach Hurn - 1st dose 88.7%, 2nd dose 81.1%
- Long Sutton East & Sutton Bridge - 1st dose 86.8%, 2nd dose 77.9%
- Pinchbeck & Deeping St Nicholas - 1st dose 85.3%, 2nd dose 77.7%
- Holbeach - 1st dose 84%, 2nd dose - 76.6%
- Spalding South West - 1st dose 72.9%, 2nd dose 65.8%
Tomorrow’s pop-up clinic is the latest in a series ran in Spalding - with previous sessions in Sheep Market Car Park, Monks House Lane Playing Field, Spalding Skate Park and Market Place - as well as the Fun Farm in Weston and the Johnson Hospital Car Park.
The NHS declined to comment on why Spalding’s vaccine take up is lower than elsewhere.
Last week, county health bosses began offering the jab to 16 and 17-year-olds at walk-in clinics.
As well as Springfields tomorrow, people in these age groups can turn up and get a jab at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Wyberton Fen from 8.30am to 7pm daily.
Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes, said: “By offering this now we will be in a position to ensure that younger people will have some protection against the virus when they return to school or college in September. I would urge anyone to come along and receive their vaccination.”
She added: "Many people experience mild symptoms of Covid, but some are much less fortunate, the walk in sessions are not limited to those aged 16 & 17 and I would therefore encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had a vaccine, whatever their age, to come along and get protected.”
South Holland's Covid infection rate is 244.1 per 100,000 people, with 242 cases in the seven days up to Sunday. The rate had dropped as low as 18.8 per 100,000 in mid June - before rising above 300 in last July. The current national average is 319.8.