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Stamford Arts Centre's pop-up coronavirus vaccination centre proves popular

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A pop-up vaccination clinic is open today and queues are lining the streets.

Stamford Arts Centre is offering first dose, second dose, or booster jabs today (Thursday, December 30).

Children from the ages of 12 to 15 can have 'walk-in' vaccinations alongside adults and no booking is required.

Queues wrapped around the centre when it opened at 9.30am and stretched past the building.

Queues lined the streets (54012042)
Queues lined the streets (54012042)

Emily Rich, 45, braved the line to get her booster and was waiting more than 20 minutes.

"I'm quite lucky to not have had it. I think we just have to learn to live with it now and the vaccinations help this.

"They help us to try live a normal life and protect our friends and family.

"The NHS have done a really good job and all of the volunteers are amazing," Emily said.

For some, coronavirus had a huge impact on their work life including Emily and Richard Coleman from Essendine who were waiting to receive their boosters.

Both work in the education sector which has been hit hard during the pandemic.

Emily said: "Coronavirus has been really tiring and emotional for us. Rules were continuously changing in education which was difficult to with."

She added that although the impact is becoming less on a daily basis, it is still important to get boosted to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed.

For others, their work was not hit as hard.

Philip Boddey, who is in his 60s, works at his home in Stamford and was waiting to receive his booster.

"Time just seems to be going so quickly, it is like the last two years have just vanished.

"I am getting my booster to keep myself and other people safe," he said.

The pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic will be open until 2.30pm today.

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