New walk-in vaccine clinic in Witney after rise in Covid cases in Oxfordshire

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The leader of West Oxfordshire District Council has told ITV News Meridian they have opened a new walk-in vaccine clinic in Witney after a recent rise in Covid cases.

Councillor Michele Mead hopes the move will result in more people getting vaccinated, by giving more options for "people struggling to book appointments."

The Prime Minister earlier also added his weight behind calls for more young people to take up the offer of a vaccine.

  • Cllr Michele Mead, Leader, West Oxfordshire District Council:

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust staff will be giving vaccines to those aged 18 and over, to have a first or second dose of the Pfizer jab.

People wanting to receive a vaccine do not need to book an appointment.

The walk-in centre in Witney is open on Wednesday and Thursday this week from 9.30am - 7.30pm.

Within the past month, several thousand people have been vaccinated at walk-in clinics across Oxfordshire.

The aim is to open more walk-in clinics in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire over the coming months.

Speaking on a visit to Surrey today, the Prime Minister pleaded with people "please keep self isolating" as he warned that coronavirus "is still a very dangerous disease."

Boris Johnson said young people getting vaccinated would "help us all to move forward".

"The figures are outstanding. It's almost 70% now of 18-20 year-olds who have come forward to get jabs, it's just wonderful.

"It is a great thing to do. I would just say that my message to everybody is: get your first jab if you haven't yet got one, but get your second jab too.

"It will help protect you, protect your family and help us all to move forward."