As walk-in vaccine clinics pick up on the Isle of Wight the rate of first vaccinations is slowing, with only 329 given on the Island in the last week.

In the week before, the number given was almost 5 times higher with more than 1,600 injections put in the arms of Island residents.

Overall, however, figures released from NHS England show 104,208 Islanders have now received their first vaccination — 70.6% of the Island’s entire population. Just over 59% of the Island’s population have now had a second vaccine, with more than 1,500 given out in the week up to 4th July. That means a total of 87,477 people have now been fully vaccinated on the Island.

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To encourage more to take up the offer of a vaccination, the Riverside Centre in Newport is offering sessions throughout the rest of July as a walk-in clinic where no booking is required you can just turn up.

On Saturday 10th July, a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is being offered to those over 18 from 08:00 to 19:30. On other days, so long as it has been at least 8 weeks from your first jab, you can get your second. For more information on when the walk-in clinics are on the Island throughout July visit www.hampshiresouthamptonandisleofwightccg.nhs.uk/your-health/latest-information-on-covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-programme/walk-in-clinics-near-you.

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