Drop-in Covid-19 vaccination sessions available in Hemel for those aged 40 and over

This offer is only valid until Friday, May 14

By Holly Patel
Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 5:40 pm

Anyone over 40 can walk into a number of vaccination centres across Hertfordshire and west Essex this week without an appointment – making it even easier to start to get protected against Covid-19.

For the first time in the local vaccination programme, drop-in sessions are being offered at large vaccination centres - including Hemel Hempstead Hospital, to make the most of available vaccine supplies.

For a limited period - Monday, May 10, until Sunday, May 16 - people who have yet to book their vaccine can turn up at a number of sites in Hertfordshire and west Essex during opening hours to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Vaccination Centre

Opening times for the Hemel Hempstead Hospital site are:

> Wednesday, May 12 - 9am - 2pm

> Thursday, May 13 - 9am - 4pm

> Friday, May 14 - 9am - 4pm.

Anyone who is 40 or over, or currently eligible to be vaccinated for another reason, should ideally bring their NHS number with them.

You can find your NHS number online if you don’t know it. Otherwise, any other recognised form of identification, such as a driving license, passport or utility bill, will be fine.

There are plenty of appointments available for people who are eligible and prefer to make a booked appointment - either directly with participating GP practices or by using the National Booking Service.

Those people who already have a booked appointment at a vaccination centre, GP-led site or pharmacy should attend their appointment as planned.

Dr Jane Halpin, Chief Executive of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We’ve given over one million doses of vaccine across the area so far and we’re keen to make sure that no one gets left behind.

"With some capacity in the programme this week, we’re opening the doors at our large vaccine centres for a limited time, so you can just turn up and get your jab.

"If you haven’t got around to booking your vaccine appointment yet, this is the perfect opportunity to start to get protected before even more of the lockdown restrictions ease.”