‘YOU DON’T NEED TO GOTO THE MAINLAND’ – URGENT MESSAGE FOR ISLANDERS REGARDING COVID BOOSTERS

“You don’t need to go to the mainland for your Covid booster” — that was the message from a frustrated Islander this week.

The man told the Local Democracy Reporting Service he had been offered an appointment in Christchurch, Dorset, by the 119 NHS service.

The issue has occurred multiple times with residents being offered mainland appointments with each wave of the Covid vaccination rollout, but before the vaccination centre has been established on the Island.

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Solent NHS Trust, which is running the Riverside vaccination centre, said it was finalising plans to offer the booster at the Newport location in the current month but people could book for their jab through a GP-led service.

With a third booster vaccination now being offered to those on the Island, the resident who spoke to LDRS told of the trouble they have had to book their jab in.

The West Wight resident said when they received their text invitation to get the booster jab, the 119 service could only offer them an appointment in Christchurch.

They said that was ‘rubbish’ and phoned their local health centre who was able to book them only a couple of days later.

They said they wanted to warn people not to be fooled by the national booking service and encouraged people to get in touch with their local GPs so as to not face any unnecessary expenses or travel.

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The Solent NHS Trust spokesperson said people are directly invited by the national NHS service to book their vaccination and once the dates and times of the booster sessions are confirmed for Newport, these will be updated on the national booking website so they can then book a slot on the Island.

Alternatively, the GP-led service is also providing slots at the vaccination hubs across the Island.

Anyone aged over 50, people living and working in care homes for the elderly, and frontline health and social care workers as well as those who are clinically vulnerable is eligible for the booster.

Latest figures from NHS England show nearly 211,000 Covid vaccinations have been dished out on the Island, with more than 109,100 Islanders double jabbed.

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Data is not yet available on the uptake of the booster vaccines on the Island.

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Fedup
Fedup
6 days ago

Yes, they tried that one on me. Portsmouth, Southsea or Chichester. Heard of someone told to go to London. Typical ‘official’ rubbish, again. Then my medical center called me and told me the next day, locally.

Steve
Steve
6 days ago

Unfortunately if you’re allergic to the Pfizer vaccination you can’t have your booster as that is the only vaccine being provided on the Island at this moment. Surely NHS must have realised this and made plans to have an alternative but it seems that they havent

Bird table
Bird table
Reply to  Steve
6 days ago

Question are; do you have an allergy, that is worse, to the alternative Moderna? Probably don’t know, next question, what’s worse? the reaction to Pfizer or the reaction to Covid19? Choices?

tom
tom
Reply to  Bird table
6 days ago

Getting Covid 19 is significantly worse than the vaccine. 30% of people with covid that go into hospital get blood clots. FACT!

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Bird table
6 days ago

I’m not allergic but the ladies are. They are both in their late eighties and can’t have the Pfizer jab but if they are under 50 they can have the Astra Zeneca for 1st or 2nd dose so it is available just not for boosters

Fanny Craddock
Fanny Craddock
Reply to  Steve
6 days ago

Under 40.

Confused
Confused
Reply to  Steve
6 days ago

It’s all so very confusing. I’d still like to know how people who can’t have the vaccines are supposed to keep themselves safe when they live alone and have to go out and use public transport to get to shops. You can’t control the uncaring and reckless behaviour of others, no masks on, coming up close to you etc, so how are vulnerable people unable to have vaccines to keep themselves safe? I guess the short and honest answer is, they just can’t! They are at the mercy of everyone else, the cavalier ones who just don’t care or because they’ve had vaccines think they can’t spread it. they can, but still they don’t care as long as they think they are alright themselves.

Black rat
Black rat
6 days ago

Does anyone know if it is still free parking there or do we have to pay to park.

The Oracle
The Oracle
Reply to  Black rat
6 days ago

Had mine at riverside last Wednesday and parking was free.

Fred Bishop
Fred Bishop
6 days ago

I hade a text message from east cowes surgery this morning for my booster jab clicked on the link and booked my jab for Wednesday at Westridge no problem

Hope Springs
Hope Springs
Reply to  Fred Bishop
6 days ago

By the time you’ve got there and back (especially by bus!) that’s your day gone, then.

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Hope Springs
6 days ago

Road works on Great Preston Road, Alexandra Road and Appley Road are making it almost impossible to get out of Ryde, wightfibre again bringing chaos and island Roads who neither can coordinate road works and don’t care.

Ting tong from tooting
Ting tong from tooting
Reply to  Hope Springs
5 days ago

One poxy day out of the rest of your life, if you have a life that is ?

Paul
Paul
5 days ago

When the letter came through for my mum to have her booster I called the 119 service and she got an appointment to go to Riverside a few days later. Absolutely no issue at all.

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