The main Reading Covid vaccine hub is now based at Broad Street Mall after the previous hub at Madejski Stadium site closed on July 23 2021.
The Broad Street Mall vaccination centre opened on July 30, in unit 49-50, on an appointment-only basis and is running seven days a week, from 8.30am to 7.30pm. It is based where the New Look shop used to be located.
Anyone who had vaccinations previously booked in at the Madejski should have had their appointment rescheduled to the new venue.
Key information on Covid vaccination
- Anyone aged 18+ can book a vaccination online via the national booking service or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week
- 16- & 17-year-olds can get vaccines at drop-in clinics with no appointment - find your nearest venue via the NHS search tool or wait for an invite from your GP
- 12-15-year-olds who are clinically vulnerable (such as young people with cancer, learning disabilities or transplants) will be invited soon by the NHS for a vaccine
- Young people aged 12+ who live with a person who is immunosupressed (such as those with transplants or having chemotherapy) will also be invited for a vaccine
- The second dose interval has being shortened from 12 weeks to 8 weeks for all adults - if you booked through the national system you can go in and rebook
- A 7-day-a-week vaccine hub is based at Broad Street Mall
- Some local pharmacies also offer vaccines: Boots in Broad St, Erleigh Rd Pharmacy, Western Elms Pharmacy, Triangle Pharmacy in Tilehurst
- Most GP-run hubs have closed except Tilehurst Village Surgery and University Health Centre
- Tilehurst Village Surgery runs a reserve list (even for people who aren't their patients) to ensure vaccines aren't wasted: find details on its Facebook page
Plans are still being finalised on who could get a Covid booster jab this autumn, based on age, clinical vulnerability or occupation such as NHS workers. If they go ahead, the boosters could be offered at the same time as flu jabs at GP surgeries.