Coronavirus: Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury COVID-19 vaccination pop up clinic open 7 days a week
The vaccination walk-in clinic at Shropshire Local in Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury is now be open 7 days a week (but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day): timings for post-Christmas days have just been confirmed and added.
Shropshire Council have been working with NHS partners to extend the opening hours of the clinic to support the national COVID-19 booster campaign, and help offer booster jabs and vaccinations to 160,000 people by the end of December 2021.
The clinic, based at the council’s Shropshire Local store on the top floor of the centre, will be opening on the following dates:-
- Thurs 16 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Fri 17 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Sat 18 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Sun 19 Dec: 10am to 3pm
- Mon 20 Dec: 10am to 6.30pm
- Tue 21 Dec: 10am to 6.30pm
- Wed 22 Dec: 10am to 6.30pm
- Thurs 23 Dec: 10am to 6.30pm
- Fri 24 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Sat 25 Dec: CLOSED
- Sun 26 Dec: CLOSED (the shopping centre is open that day, but the clinic won’t be)
- Mon 27 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Tues 28 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Wed 29 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Thurs 30 Dec: 10am to 4pm
- Fri 31 Dec: 10am to 3pm
- Sat 1 Jan 2022: CLOSED
- Sun 2 Jan: 11am to 3pm
- Mon 3 Jan: 10am to 4pm
- Tues 4 Jan: 10 am to 4pm
- Wed 5 Jan: 10 am to 4pm
- Thurs 6 Jan: 10am to 4pm
- Fri 7 Jan: 10am to 4pm
- Sat 8 Jan: 10am to 4pm
- Sun 9 Jan: 10am to 4pm.
Please do not contact Darwin Shopping Centre’s phone lines direct.
Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:
“Every adult in the country now needs to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, because two vaccine doses alone will not give you enough protection against the Omicron variant.
“This is why we’re open 7 days a week at the walk-in facility at the Darwin Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury, and this will be followed by increased opening at other locations and mobile units across the county in due course.
“Please do get your booster jab and do continue to take all necessary precautions to help stop the spread of the virus.”
You can view a video of Rachel taking about the booster campaign at the Darwin Shopping Centre here
Shropshire Council’s public health team is strongly urging Shropshire residents to get their boosters, and their first and second doses if they haven’t done so. You can do this by:-
- Waiting for your booster appointment from your GP
- Make an appointment through the National Booking Service (NBS). The NBS is currently facing extremely high demand so, if you cannot book at first, the NHS is asking those who are eligible to keep checking for appointments on the booking system as more become available every day.
- Attend a local walk-in clinic – visit COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-in and Pop-up Clinics (stwics.org.uk)
Around 160,000 people in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, will need booster jabs in under three weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
The council continues to work with and support the NHS to increase capacity, by providing more locations and extended opening hours at walk-in and pop-up vaccination centres to offer lifesaving jabs in every community across the county.
England has moved to Plan B in response to the risks of Omicron on top of Delta:-
- Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport
- Get tested and self-isolate if required
- Work from home, if you can
- Get vaccinated
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.
To find out more how you can help stop the spread visit Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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Shropshire Council is already providing other support for the vaccination booster programme and throughout the pandemic. Including:
- A special transport offer for people, particularly those who are most vulnerable, who cannot get to their booster appointment. (see COVID-19 Support Helpline below).
- Helping to distribute Lateral Flow Tests to the community from its facilities across Shropshire.
- Our 5 Ways to Winter Wellness campaign aimed at keeping people physically and mentally well this winter.
- A dedicated COVID-19 Support Helpline – 0345 678 9028. Residents can get help and advice with COVID-19 and coronavirus-related issues as follows:-Travel to vaccination appointments where there are no other alternatives available (option 0); support if you are bereaved (option 1); advice on running a business safely or concerns that a business isn’t operating safely (option 2); for progress with business grants (option 3); if you have been told to self-isolate and need support and advice to do so (option 4); all other COVID-19 and coronavirus-related issues – bar medical advice (option 5).
- Winter Support Line – 0345 678 9012 – for anyone struggling to cope with self-care, isolation and loneliness, worried about paying bills, doing shopping or getting prescriptions.
- Local Welfare Support line – 0345 678 9078 – funding available to help households struggling to meet essential bills.
The council will also be working with the NHS to pinpoint areas where the need for boosters is greatest and targeting efforts at these locations, possibly with pop-up vaccination clinics, in addition to those already in place. As soon as these are known they will be published on our website and social media channels.
To support the vaccination effort, some services may be temporarily suspended to help redeploy staff and ensure essential key services are not affected by staff illness or self-isolation.