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Grab a jab and have fun at the same time this weekend in Mote Park

No need to book, just turn up provided you are aged over 18

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is encouraging everyone visiting the FreeWheelin’ FEASTival and eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine to grab a jab at a mobile walk-in clinic at Mote Park this weekend. 

The walk-in vaccine clinic will be on a bus at Mote Park this Saturday between 10am and 7pm and on Sunday between 11am and 6pm. Both first and second doses of the vaccine (Pfizer and AstraZeneca) are available, no appointments are needed, and the clinic is open to everyone aged 18+.

National guidance is for the second dose to be a minimum of eight weeks from the first dose. Please bring ID along for proof of age.  The mobile bus has been organised as part of NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group’s vaccination programme.

As essential as you are

MBC is supporting the Covid-19 vaccination campaign with the message: ”The Covid vaccine it is as essential as you are – get the jab – protect yourself and protect others.”

Maidstone Borough Council chair of the Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee – Cllr Martin Round says: “I would encourage anyone who is in the Mote Park area this weekend to take advantage and get their vaccination (if they haven’t done so already), at the walk-in clinic. 

“The Covid-19 vaccine programme is recognised as the next step to recovery, offering an essential layer to protect yourself and your loved ones and still appears to be the best defence against the virus.”

Cllr Martin Round

Dr Navin Kumta, clinical chair of NHS Kent and Medway CCG, adds: “It’s important that everyone eligible in Kent and Medway receives the Covid-19 vaccine and that is why we have been organising extra clinics across the county. It’s not too late to get your jab and this mobile clinic in Maidstone’s Mote Park provides easy access for everyone over the age of 18. No one needs to book – just turn up and get a jab.”

Anyone unable to attend a walk-in clinic can still book online

For details of other opportunities to get your vaccine in Kent and Medway, visit: https://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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