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Third coronavirus vaccination centre for Dover district in Whitfield


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People in Dover district are being urged to get their latest jabs, as Covid cases rise again.

Health chiefs stress they can take advantage of a newly-opened third vaccination centre in the area.

The third district jab centre, in Whitfield. Pictured, from left, are Brian Dunne, Le-Anne Laing, Natalie Elphicke, Dr Julian Mead. Image from the Office of Natalie Elphicke MP
The third district jab centre, in Whitfield. Pictured, from left, are Brian Dunne, Le-Anne Laing, Natalie Elphicke, Dr Julian Mead. Image from the Office of Natalie Elphicke MP

Snapshot figures for this district, from the Government website, show cases rose by 38%, from 67 on November 10 this year to 93 on November 17.

The 93 compared with 50 in the 24 hours up to November 17, 2020.

The new centre, at Whitfield Village Hall, in Manley Close, opened on October 29.

It is is run by Channel Health Alliance, provides a mix of bookable and walk-in appointments for people living in Dover, Deal, Sandwich and surrounding areas.

At the start of the year this district had only one vaccination site, Dover Health Centre in Maison Dieu Road, which opened on January 15. The second, at the Clockwork Pharmacy, in Deal High Street., started injections on January 30.

Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection
Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection

Centres further away include the Folca Building, the former Debenhams store, in Sandgate Road, Folkestone, the Saga building at Westwood Cross and the Sea Cadets buildings in Vauxhall Road, Canterbury .

Paula Wilkins, Chief Nurse, NHS Kent and Medway CCG, said “The protection offered by the first and second dose reduces over time and the booster will help keep them safe.

“Those who are eligible are typically at a higher risk of experiencing serious symptoms should they catch Covid-19, or work with vulnerable individuals. It’s important they have the booster to keep themselves and others safe.”

“The introduction of a new clinic in Whitfield, will improve access to the vaccine for residents in Dover, Deal and Sandwich, and by making sure a clinic remains at Folca, Folkestone residents are able to continue accessing the vaccine at a central and convenient location.”

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke visited the Whitfield clinic where she met with Dr Julian Mead, who set up the new centre, nurse Le-Anne Laing and volunteer Brian Dunne. She was there to hear about how the new local service was operating.

Mrs Elphicke said: "With three local vaccinations centres in Dover, Deal and Whitfield, in addition to the large scale sites at Canterbury, Folkestone and Thanet, everyone should be able to find a site and time to suit them to get their booster vaccination done.

Whitfield Village Hall. Picture: Google Maps
Whitfield Village Hall. Picture: Google Maps

“It is essential that everyone who is eligible for a vaccine takes up that opportunity. So give yourself a boost this winter - it protects you and those around you."

There were 44.917 nationwide cases of coronavirus confirmed in the 24 hours up to 4pm on Monday compared with 18,662 in same period to November 22, 2020.

There were 45 UK deaths in the 24 hours up to 4pm on Monday compared 398 in the same timescale to November 22, 2020.

That was during the month before before the country's vaccination programme began, which is credited with saving millions of lives. Most people are now at the stage of getting their third, booster, injections.

New Covid-19 cases Kent-wide are set to hit a 10-month high as the county's infection rate soars above the national average.

Figures published on Monday afternoon reveal there have been 6,656 positive tests recorded in just one week - an increase of 38%.

In fact, eight of Kent's 12 districts, as well as Medway, now have a rate higher than England's average of 403.2 weekly cases per 100,000 people.

Dover district now has the sixth highest in this county, 448.9 per 100,000 people in a week.

Patients can book appointments online via the National Booking Service or by phoning 119.

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