Published: 16:33, 08 April 2021
| Updated: 14:02, 18 May 2021
A pop-up vaccination centre is set to open for one day for those who have not had their first coronavirus jab and live in a specific area in Kent.
The walk-in centre will be at The East Malling Centre in Chapman Way and will be open on Monday from 11am to 2pm, largely targeted at people who live in East Malling, West Malling and Larkfield.
It comes with NHS figures showing that the area has approximately 1,000 people who are at higher risk from the virus but have yet to have their first injection.
Anyone from the targeted age groups can turn up without an appointment on the day but it specifically aims to vaccinate anyone aged 50 or over, frontline health or social care workers, those with an existing health condition that puts them at higher risk, anyone with a learning disability and carers for someone at high risk from Covid-19 - who are yet to have their first jab.
Anyone attending will be required to show proof of eligibility, while those with an underlying health condition will need to bring a GP or consultant’s letter, or a prescription that clearly shows their name and address.
A clinician will check eligibility on the day.
Julie Beilby, chief executive of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, said: “We became aware of the lower-than-average take-up of the coronavirus vaccination in these areas, and wanted to do something to make it easier for people to get protected.
“I’d like to thank the NHS for helping make this happen and hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this potentially life-saving opportunity.”
More than 31 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with England inviting those aged 50 and above to book appointments.