Walk-in covid booster clinic now available at Westwood vaccination site

The vaccination site

The GP covid vaccination hub at Westwood is now running a walk-in service as part of the Autumn booster programme.

The Covid-19 booster autumn booster programme started on 5 September.

Kent and Medway NHS says the seasonal booster dose (autumn booster) is available if you are:

  • aged 65 or over
  • pregnant
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk due to a health condition
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk because of a weakened immune system
  • aged 5 and over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system
  • aged 16 and over and a carer, either paid or unpaid
  • living or working in a care home for older people
  • a frontline health and social care worker

People aged 50 to 64 years old who are not in any of those groups will be able to get a seasonal booster (autumn booster) later in autumn 2022.

You can get your seasonal booster (autumn booster) if it’s been at least 3 months (91 days) since you had your previous dose.

The vaccination centre at the former PC World store  next door to the Currys/PC World shared unit at Broadstairs Retail Park, has been running an appointment only clinic but walk-ins are now being taken.

Currently the team is offering the seasonal booster to those aged 65 and above.

The clinic is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am-1pm and then 2pm to 6.30pm.

The recommended vaccines for the 2022 autumn booster campaign are Spikevax Bivalent (Moderna) and the Comirnaty Bivalent (Pfizer). The adapted Covid-19 vaccine targets two different coronavirus variants – the original virus from 2020 and the Omicron variant.

The Astra Zeneca (AZ) vaccine is no longer available as part of the vaccination programme in the UK.

People who had the AZ vaccine for their primary and earlier booster doses can have the Spikevax Bivalent (Moderna) and the Comirnaty Bivalent (Pfizer).

A new vaccine, Nuvaxovid, is available to patients who are unable to have the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines due to a history of true anaphylaxis/allergic reactions. Patients can only be referred if they have previously been seen by an allergy specialist. Access to this vaccine will be by referral to Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

Booster jabs can also be booked by appointment on the National Booking System or call 119.