Portsmouth boosters: Queues of people wait for next jab at St James' Hospital

Portsmouth’s Covid vaccination hub is seeing queues of people as the booster operation ramps up.

By Tom Morton
Tuesday, 14th December 2021, 5:46 pm

St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth is seeing long lines of people after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement at the weekend that the government wanted to see everyone in the UK offered a booster if they want one, by the end of the month.

Dr Matt Nisbet, GP partner and clinical lead of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said: ‘Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight we have vaccinated over 3.3m people and we know that eligible people are keen to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We are doing all we can to scale up capacity to achieve this. The support of everyone working in the programme is vital in ensuring we can continue to vaccinate people and protect our families and loved ones.’

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People queuing to get their booster jab at the Covid-19 vaccination centre at St James' Hospital, Portsmouth Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Jane Ansell, senior responsible officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said: ‘Teams across Hampshire and Isle of Wight continue to do all they can to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and we will be offering greater access to the vaccine in the coming days and weeks. However, this cannot be achieved without the incredible support of our workforce. I would urge anyone who wants to come forward, in whatever capacity they want, to get in contact with their local NHS and find out more about the opportunities available. Thank you to everyone already working with us for all you continue to do to help protect those who are most vulnerable in our communities.’

Queues at the Covid-19 vaccination centre Picture: Habibur Rahman
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