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Newark pensioners give up on booster jab after booking struggles

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A elderly couple have expressed their concerns after struggling to get their covid-19 booster jabs.

Mr and Mrs Underwood, of Newark, said despite the ease of getting their first and second coronavirus jabs, the booster jab proved to be difficult and stressful, with the experience convincing them to go without.

“After our delight of our previous jabs at Newark Showground, our effort to have our booster jabs has been an unnerving and abysmal experience,” said Mr Underwood.

Vaccine stock image.
Vaccine stock image.

“In fact, we can fully understand why people are not coming forward to the take booster jabs and, what’s more, why there are further worrying reports of covid cases once again.”

Mr Underwood explained that, as pensioners, neither he or his wife had transport of their own and relied on public transport.

Having contacted their local health centre, they were told they could only receive the booster jab by booking via the 119 number or booking online.

“At our age, we do not, and cannot, afford the internet,” he said.

“We phoned the 119 number and the telephone was answered by a female with a foreign accent and she did not speak good English.”

He explained that they were offered their jabs at Brackenhurst College, Southwell, but they did not have the means of transport to get there.

While meeting friends the next day, they learnt they could attend a walk-in appointment at Boots in Newark.

“We made our way to Boots to requests our boosters but it was packed solid,” he said. “There were people sat and stood jamming the place solid.”

With the queue too long, the couple were advised to come in the following day.

The next day, they were then told they needed to book an appointment as the store had run low on jabs.

“So we left it, and walked away.” he said. “There is no wonder this country of ours seems to be on its last legs.”

Nottinghamshire and Nottingham CCG and Nottinghamshire County Council have issued the following:

Those eligible for a booster vaccine include over 50s, front line health and social care workers, adult carers, and those aged 16 – 49 years with underlying health conditions.

For people in Nottinghamshire who are eligible, there are three ways to get the booster jab:

1. They can wait to be contacted by the NHS (they will be contacted by letter or text) inviting them to book in for a jab. The invite will explain how they can book an appointment – either at a local GP surgery, a local community pharmacy or a larger vaccination centre.

2. If they have not yet received an invitation yet, they can book an appointment at a pharmacy or a larger vaccination site. Appointments can be booked through the NHS website or 119 after 190 days.

3. They can walk into certain sites to receive a booster without an appointment. The sites accepting walk-ins for boosters are as follows:

King’s Mill Hospital Hub: Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 4JL

Mansfield Vaccination Centre: Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, NG19 7BH

Forest Recreation Ground Vaccination Centre: Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Blvd, Nottingham, NG7 6LB

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