Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be standing up a new COVID-19 ‘hospital hub plus’ site from this week, playing their part in the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in NHS history. 

The new hub, which will be located at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, will see the trust’s staff vaccinating the local community as part of a national programme which aims to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. 

As the most complex and challenging phase of the rollout expands even further and faster, the NHS has asked every local area to dramatically increase the number of appointments they have in place for vaccinations.  

The NHS is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. The best way to receive a booster quickly is by booking online at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119. 

Hampshire Hospitals chief executive, Alex Whitfield, said:  

We’re doing all that we can to support the national vaccination drive and this new hub at Basingstoke hospital will help to deliver even more booster jabs to our local community.  

The new Omicron variant appears to be more easily transmissible even amongst those double vaccinated, and therefore, a booster jab is essential to ensuring the maximum possible protection this winter.  

Increasing vaccination levels in the community will also help our hospitals and staff be there for everyone that needs our care by reducing pressure on our services. Getting the booster is the very best way you can help your local NHS.” 

Members of the community looking for a way to make a difference and get involved in the vaccination programme can visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight health and care website for further information.