New "pop-up" vaccination clinic at Festival Place, Basingstoke

Hundreds of additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments are becoming available in Basingstoke thanks to a new ‘pop-up’ clinic.

The pop-up will held daily at Festival Place in Basingstoke from Tuesday 25 January at the following times:

  • Monday – Sunday (seven days a week), 11am - 5pm

The clinic will be providing:

  • First and second (after 12 weeks of the first dose) vaccinations for young people aged 12-15, as well as 16 and 17-year-olds. 
  • First and second (after 8 weeks of the first dose) vaccinations for people aged 18 and over.
  • Booster vaccinations to people over the age of 16 (3 months after second vaccination).

You can find the clinic on the ground floor next to Flying Tiger.

Festival Place is also offering free parking to all those who are vaccinated at the pop-up clinic. Customers will need to take their parking ticket to the Customer Lounge on the first floor for it to be validated. Please note, it will only be valid on the day of the vaccination.

Dr Matt Nisbet, GP partner and clinical lead of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, said: “It is fantastic news that there will now be even more opportunities for people to get their jab at pop-up clinics across the area. We are hugely grateful to Festival Place for allowing us to offer vaccinations in the shopping centre.

“The offer of a COVID-19 vaccine is not time-limited so anyone invited can have the jab – even if they have previously declined and changed their mind.

“Latest evidence shows that two vaccines do not give us the protection we need from Omicron due to the speed at which the variant spreads. However, a booster can restore protection to around 75%, so we strongly encourage everyone eligible to take up the offer of a booster as soon as possible.”

Events and Community Manager at Festival Place Sian Fisher said: “We love to support our Basingstoke community and know how important it is for people to get vaccinated. We’re delighted to be able to help and provide an accessible space here in Festival Place. It makes complete sense to have a vaccination point in a central location and hopefully it will be helpful to those who may find it challenging to visit a more traditional surgery setting.” 

Children aged 12-15 will need to attend a pop-up clinic or vaccination centre with their parent or guardian, who will be asked to give their consent. Children can get a first dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12.

Any 12-15 year old who has tested positive for COVID-19 must wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine. This starts from the date of their positive PCR test.

The three mass vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight continue to offer walk-in appointments for all doses between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week at Oakley Road in Southampton, St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth and the Riverside Centre on the Isle of Wight. Please note that St James’ is not offering Pfizer clinics on Wednesdays between 8am – 1.30pm.

People are also able to book an appointment through the National Booking System. School-age immunisation Teams are also running further clinics for second doses only across Hampshire and Isle of Wight schools from 10 January.

For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination

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Notes to Editors

More than 85% of eligible adults across Hampshire is Isle of Wight have now received their COVID-19 booster jab (more than 1m people).  

We are hugely grateful to all of our colleagues, partners and volunteers for their efforts in helping to ensure as many people as possible are protected against the virus.

For more information on how to access the COVID-19 vaccine in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, click here.