All over 18s living in Wokingham Borough can now get a first dose vaccine of the Covid-19 vaccine at a pop up centre at Bulmershe Leisure Centre. The centre is also open to all University of Reading students and staff who are over 18.
The surge vaccine programme, being run by Wokingham Borough Council and the NHS, launched on Tuesday 15 June and is open daily from 9.30am to 8.30pm until Sunday 27 June (inclusive) at Bulmershe Leisure Centre in Woodley (RG5 3EU). The queue will close once the daily capacity has been reached, which is generally around 6.30 or 7pm.
Parking is available at the Woodley United FC/University of Reading car park on Woodlands Avenue. The postcode for this is RG6 1FR.
The centre was initially open for only people aged 18 to 24 living in the surge test target wards of Bulmershe & Whitegates, Evendons, Norreys and Wescott but can now accommodate anyone over 18 from across the borough. The centre has vaccinated 2,650 people in the seven days since opening.
All those coming to the centre for a vaccination must bring proof of address and proof of ID.
Checklist for those wanting to get a vaccine at Bulmershe Leisure Centre as part of surge vaccination:
- Don’t come to the centre if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have had a positive test in 28 days
- Check Wokingham Borough Council’s website or Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates
Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, well-being and adult social care said: “We had a great first week, vaccinating 2,650 people. There are busy periods in the morning and early evening when the queues get a little longer, so if you don’t want to wait plan your visit during the quieter times from around midday to 3pm.
“Although the centre is open to anyone over 18 in the borough, we especially want young adults (aged 18 to 30) to come out and get vaccinated. It’s so important – the sooner you get your first jab, the sooner you’ll get your second and so the sooner you will be well-protected. We don’t know what the rules will be for university students in the autumn or on foreign travel and other opportunities later in the year, so better to get protected as quickly as you can. To protect yourself and your older family and friends, get the jab.
“We’ve worked with the NHS to bring this great opportunity to all adults in Wokingham Borough to get a jab without having to wait for an appointment through the NHS booking system and I am sure we will see a lot more coming along in coming days.”
More information is available at: www.wokingham.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccinations