Large vaccination clinic at St Peter’s this weekend before GPs move programme to Saga building

Vaccination team

GPs from the Mocketts Wood and Margate hub of surgeries have issued prior notice that a large vaccination clinic will be taking place at St Peter’s Church Hall this weekend.

The surgeries are urging people to avoid the area if they do not need to be there as it is expected to be extremely busy.

Vaccinations are for patients of Mocketts Wood, The Limes, Northdown and Bethesda surgeries and staff from all four sites will be involved in the clinic.

They are expecting to give the jab to some 2,400 people between 8am and 6.30pm on Saturday (March 13).

Mocketts/Margate team: Dr Subbiah, Dr Sohail, Dr Reddy and Dr Peshen

Dr Ganapathi Subbiah, from the Limes, Dr Mo Sohail, from Bethesda, Dr Ash Peshen from Northdown and Dr Venkat Reddy from Mocketts Wood have been heading up vaccinations for the hub. They are assisted by practice managers, nurses, pharmacists and admin staff from across the four surgeries as well as volunteers for marshalling and other tasks.

Following Saturday’s clinic the GP hub will move operations to the Saga building off Haine Road where they will operate alongside, but independent of, Kent Community Health Trust.

Part of the Saga building has been prepared for use by GP hubs with the health trust running their vaccinations in a separate space within the premises.

Vaccinations are currently taking place for those in group of the priority list.

Those who are eligible are

Aged 55 or over

At high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

Eligible frontline health or social care worker

Those with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)

Those living with a learning disability

Those who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

How to book a vaccination

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use the service.

People need to have 2 doses of the coronavirus vaccine at 2 appointments which are booked at the same time at large scale sites. Those vaccinated at GP hubs will be notified for second appointments. The second dose is to be received 11 to 12 weeks after getting the first.

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test before you book an appointment.

The national booking service allows you to book from a range of four large vaccine centres and 11 pharmacies across Kent and Medway. This includes the centre at the Saga building in Thanet.

Book online or call 119.


  1. Can anyone answer this query?

    In the news recently, it mentioned that in Jersey they had run out of the Pfizer vaccine used in the first dose. They are now using the Astra Zenica vaccine for the second dose. There were lots of different opinions, as to whether this will be effective, or even safe.

    Now, from what I understand, St Peter’s church hall, has been using the Pfizer version (which is what I was given), but the Saga unit has been using the Astra Zenica version.

    Anyone know what will happen now, to the thousands vaccinated at St Peter’s, which second version are they likely to receive?

    Sorry for long message, but hope it makes sense.

  2. I keep reading you should book your second injection at the same time as the first one. When I had mine at St. Peters Church hall, a few ago. I was told I could not book the second one and I will be sent a appointment nearer the time.

    • Those receiving their vaccinations at GP hubs such as St Peter’s will be informed when to book their second dose from their surgery. Those who had their first dose at the Saga building will receive a booking time when to come back there for the second dose while they are receiving their first.

      When I had my jab at St Peters I received the Astra-Zenica but others received the Pfizer so they do both at each venue. It also says on your vaccination card which type you had and the batch number.

  3. If you were provided one type of vaccine on the your first jab, you will be called to attend for the same type of vaccine for the second, not a different type. Supplies to vaccine sites are NHS England led as vaccines are made available by suppliers- vaccine sites receive both types (but not normally at the same time).
    Your surgery, via call or message, or government department, via letter, will contact you to book in your second vaccine when supplies are available and your position in the queue has come around again.
    Government guidance is available but as always may be subject to change.
    The Jersey health system is not NHS led.

    • Thank you for your advice. I was just worried I had got it wrong when I had my first injection, or been forgotten. When I did not book my second one, at that time.

  4. If you are supposed to have the same vaccine both times , why does your vaccination card have a space for type of vaccine used , on both appointments ?

    • It has a space because it is a blank Card and is completed on the day the vaccine is given with the vaccine brand the batch number and the date you are supposed to fill in your name at the top

  5. The trials carried out by Pfizer and AstraZeneca only looked at using one type of vaccine for each inoculation, separated by 3 weeks. That’s why there was some concern about the UK government’s decision to delay the second shot until 12 weeks.
    Experience has shown that having your second shot at 12 weeks rather than 3 produces a better response in most people.
    There is some data (though not a proper peer reviewed study) to suggest that having different vaccines, 12 weeks apart, will give an even better response.
    The population as a whole has only been getting vaccinated for CV for a few weeks, and data is emerging all the time.
    But one thing is clear: of the more than 22,000,000 people vaccinated sp far (including elderly and vulnerable groups), other than a sore arm for a day or two, very very few side effects are reported. I think the covid vaccine is safer than Ibuprofen.

  6. New evidence now suggests, that a person should receive the same vaccine on both occasions. Having two different versions would be wrong. The reason for this is that having two different vaccines, produces slightly different antibodies from each, therefore less effective.

    Dr Hillary Jones, BBC radio 2 (25/3/21).

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