The NHS is operating a walk-in vaccination clinic at the STEAM Museum in Swindon tomorrow (Saturday, 17 July) between 9am – 2pm. It operates on a first come, first served basis, administering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

On Sunday (18 July), the vaccine bus will be at the County Ground in Swindon with staff administering the AstraZeneca vaccination. Those aged 40 and over can receive their first or second dose as long as they do not have an appointment booked already.

Getting both doses of the vaccine, as soon as you have the opportunity, is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.

Unfortunately COVID-19 cases in Swindon and across England are increasing rapidly and the third wave, forecast by the Government, is underway. The Great Western Hospital has also seen a rise in COVID-19 patients in recent days.

Cases will continue to rise as restrictions are eased from next Monday (19 July). Hospitalisations, serious illness and deaths will also continue, albeit thankfully at a much lower level than before the vaccination programme.

Although many of the legal restrictions that the Government has imposed through the pandemic will be lifted at Step 4, please make sure you’re familiar with the new guidance to protect yourself and others. This includes:

  • wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas will be recommended and expected
  • limiting the close contact you have with those you do not live with, and increasing contact gradually

Now we are in the third wave, it’s up to all of us to act carefully and cautiously.

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