A series of walk-in vaccination clinics are being made available in Borehamwood to make it easier to get a jab.

Health bosses in the town are seeking to boost the number of residents vaccinated against coronavirus.

Data provided by NHS England and Public Health England shows the uptake of vaccines in Borehamwood has not been as high as other places in Hertsmere and Hertfordshire.

More than 40,000 first and second doses have been dished out to residents living in Borehamwood, but public health data suggests around a quarter of the town's adult population have yet to receive one dose.

The uptake for first doses is between 70 and 75 per cent in each of Borehamwood's four neighbourhoods of Brookmeadow, Cowley Hill, Hillside, and Kenilworth.

In Bushey, Radlett, Shenley, and parts of Potters Bar, more than 80 per cent of adults have had at least one dose.

And although data suggests young adults in Borehamwood have been less inclined to take up the jab than say in Bushey, it appears across all age groups in Borehamwood, the uptake has been a little lower.

Dr Alex Byrne, who has led the vaccination programme at Allum Hall, said: "We hope that some patients will find walk-in clinics more convenient. We have ample supplies of both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine, so everyone who comes during the specified times will get their jab.

"We’ve already held two walk-in clinics and an extra 60 people have now had their jabs.

"Of course, we’ll continue to deliver jabs with a minimum of eight weeks between first and second jabs. But the sooner you get your first jab, the sooner you’ll be able to get the added protection of your second jab."

The walk-in clinics - for over 18s only - mean there is absolutely no need to book an appointment. Patients can simply turn up at the clinic and receive their first dose.

Anyone jabbed a minimum of eight weeks ago and who is yet to receive their second jab is also welcome to turn up.

Walk-ins are available at Allum Hall in Allum Lane (WD6 3PJ), as well as at Med Mart Pharmacy in Imperial Place (WD6 1JN).

Borehamwood Times: A sign for the vaccination clinic at Allum HallA sign for the vaccination clinic at Allum Hall

Allum Hall

Wednesday August 4 from 6pm - 8pm

Saturday August 7 from 9.30am - 11.30am

Wednesday August 11 from 6pm - 8pm

Saturday August 14 from 9.30am - 11.30am

Med Mart

Wednesday August 4 from 9am - 5pm

Thursday August 5 from 9am - 5pm

Friday August 6 from 9am - 5pm

Saturday August 7 from 9am - 5pm

Although coronavirus cases are dropping across England, Borehamwood is currently one of south west Hertfordshire's biggest hotspots for cases, although infections are on the decline.

In the seven days to July 28, at least 131 residents in Borehamwood tested positive for Covid, which was down from 176 the week before.

But as the table below shows, two of Borehamwood's wards recorded the top five most cases during the latest week out of 79 wards in south west Hertfordshire.

Dr Nikki Kanani, NHS medical director for primary care, and deputy senior responsible officer for the nationwide vaccine programme,said: "The NHS has delivered 70 million doses across England in just over seven months, giving protection against coronavirus to more than 39 million people and saving thousands of lives from this deadly disease.

"This milestone could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of NHS staff and volunteers up and down the country, working day in and day out to deliver the biggest vaccination drive in health service history.

"Although almost seven in 10 adults are now fully vaccinated, there has never been a more important time to get yourself protected: it remains the best way to protect yourself, your friends and your family, so particularly young people who are yet to come forward, this is the single most important thing you can do."