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Kent coronavirus vaccine centres temporarily close but second doses to go ahead as planned

All of Kent's mass vaccination centres have temporarily closed.

The five centres across the county will remain shut number of weeks due to the upcoming national reduction in vaccine supply, but second doses are set to go ahead as planned.

Dr Julian Spinks says it's a temporary measure

The closure, from today, will affect the centres in Folkestone, Gravesend, Chatham, Tonbridge and Thanet.

Any second doses booked for this period – which will primarily affect health and social care workers – are set to go ahead as planned.

However, the centres will be temporarily closing applications for first jabs for that period.

In a letter to vaccination staff seen by KentOnline, it was revealed that the county has delivered "well over" 150,000 vaccinations across those five centres.

Any appointments during the closure period are being re-organised. Stock Image
Any appointments during the closure period are being re-organised. Stock Image

The letter reads: "Due to a national reduction in vaccine supply we will need to close all of our large vaccination centres from Thursday, 1 April for a period of around two to three weeks.

"At the moment this affects rosters until 11 April, but could continue beyond this date.

"During this time we will focus on our roving model which will provide clinics for people who are hard to reach; including the homeless and others who have trouble reaching our centres.

"We will also be providing some staff clinics for second doses."

The Kent and Medway CCG have been approached for comment.

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