Leading councillors are urging those eligible for their COVID-19 booster to visit the city’s large vaccination centres before they close later this month.
The COVID-19 vaccination centres at Midsummer Place (Central Milton Keynes) and Rainbow Pharmacy (The Open University) have issued thousands of vaccinations since opening.
However, the NHS is changing its COVID-19 vaccination model and will ask residents to book appointments at their GP or local pharmacy – much like the current flu vaccine model.
This means that the city’s two vaccination centres will close on Wednesday 14th December. Eligible people will be able to walk into the centres up until their closure and get their vaccination without needing an appointment.
Councillor Jane Carr, Cabinet Member for Public Health, and Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities, are calling on the community to make use of the city’s vaccination centres before they close:
“With just over a week to go until our vaccination centres shut their doors, we are encouraging anyone who is eligible to go and get vaccinated. The vaccination centre in Central Milton Keynes makes it easy for anybody doing Christmas shopping to pop in and get boosted, so you can ensure you are fully vaccinated in time for the holidays.”
Councillors Carr and Darlington added: “The upcoming closure of our city’s vaccination centres is a pivotal moment in our fight against the pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of vaccines have been administered here since the start of 2020; volunteers and NHS staff have worked tirelessly to ensure our community are protected from the virus, and we cannot thank them enough.”
After the closure of the vaccination centres, eligible people will be able to book an appointment online at nhs.uk or by calling 119, or take up one of the walk-in opportunities, located mainly in community pharmacies.