A GP surgery in Ludlow has started to offer clinics that enable people who have not had a Covid-19 vaccination but have changed their minds to get protected.

Everyone over the age of 40 who does not have a medical reason for not having a vaccination should by now have been offered one.

However, there will be a small number of people who have slipped through the net.

These could be people who were unwell when offered a first vaccination or for whatever reason decided to decline but have now changed their minds.

Station Drive Surgery is running first AstraZeneca clinics for anyone aged over 40 who has not yet been vaccinated.

They are walk-in clinics, so there is no need to book. Clinics will be held at Station Drive Surgery on the following evenings. The first one was on Tuesday, July 6 and there will be further clinics on Tuesday, July 20 and on Tuesday, July 27 between 6pm and 8pm.

Clinics are open to any patients registered at any of the following surgeries: Station drive, Portcullis, Bishops Castle Medical Practice, Church Stretton Medical Practice, Craven Arms Medical Practice and The Meadows Medical Practice.

Many people experience no side effects from the vaccination and for those that do it is mainly just a sore arm and feeling a bit off colour for a couple of days.

Whilst vaccination does not guarantee against getting Covid-19 it has been shown that in most cases it prevents the person from becoming seriously ill.

There is also evidence that the vaccination if effective against all of the variants of the coronavirus that have so far been identified.