Younger people across all Wokingham Borough can now get an early first dose vaccine.
The surge vaccine programme, being run by the council and the NHS, launched on Tuesday 15 June and will run until Sunday 27 June (inclusive) at Bulmershe Leisure Centre for anyone aged 18 to 24.
The centre was initially open for only those younger people living in the surge test target wards of Bulmershe & Whitegates, Evendons, Norreys and Wescott but can now accommodate young people from across the borough. It will be open for vaccinations from 9.30am to 8.30pm each day. The queue will close once the daily capacity has been reached, which is generally around 6.30 or 7pm.
Parking is available at the Woodley United FC/University of Reading car park on Woodlands Avenue. The postcode for this is RG6 1FR. Parking will also be available at Addington School and Bulmershe School nearby after 5.30pm.
All those coming to the centre for a vaccination must bring proof of address, proof of ID and should have their NHS number.
Residents aged 21 and over are encouraged to continue to book a Covid-19 vaccination at a mass vaccination centre through the NHS website.
Checklist for those hoping to get a vaccine at Bulmershe Leisure Centre as part of surge vaccination:
- Don’t come to the centre if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have had a positive test in 28 days
- Check Wokingham Borough Council’s website or Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates
- Those living in target wards should still get tested this week as part of the council’s surge testing offer, even if they have had the vaccination
Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, well-being and adult social care said: “We had a great first two days vaccinating with over 900 people getting their first jabs. There are busy periods in the morning and early evening when the queues get a little longer, so if you don’t want to wait plan your visit during the quieter times from around midday to 3pm.
“We are appealing to all young adults in the borough to come out and get vaccinated. It’s so important – you may feel perfectly healthy and have no symptoms (one third of people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms). To protect yourself and your older family and friends, get the jab.
“We’ve worked with the NHS to bring this great opportunity for younger adults in Wokingham Borough to get a jab early and I am sure we will see a lot more of them coming along in coming days.”
More information is available at: www.wokingham.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccinations
Reminder on surge testing
The council’s surge testing for all residents aged 12 and over in the Bulmershe & Whitegates, Evendons, Norreys and Wescott wards continues until 20 June. Residents can check their ward via our postcode checker tool on our website.
Even if you have no Covid-19 symptoms and live in one of the above wards, you should get tested. Even if you've been vaccinated, you should still get tested.
A full list of locations and opening times for when to get a surge test can be found on the council’s surge testing webpages.