COVID-19 vaccination service

King’s Park vaccination centre

This is our large vaccination centre offering COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone aged over 16. The centre administers the Pfizer vaccine (also called Comirnaty) – anyone can have their first, second or booster vaccination at this centre.

Second jabs can only be administered eight weeks or more after the first. The booster jab, for those who are eligible, is administered 6 months after your second jab. 

How to get your vaccine

Book your slot at the King’s Park Vaccination Centre on the NHS national booking system or call 119. You may also be able to walk in without an appointment. Walk-ins are dependent on sufficient vaccine being available - find out about walk-in availability.

You can also receive your vaccination through your local GP or your local pharmacy. You may prefer this if you are not able to travel to Bournemouth easily.

Before you leave home

If you have any symptoms which could indicate COVID-19 or have had a positive Covid-19 test in the last 28 days, please DO NOT attend - you can rebook your appointment.

Make sure you bring:

  • your booking confirmation - this may be a letter, an email or a note you have made of the booking reference
  • your NHS number
  • a note of any regular medication you take
  • if you are a health or social care worker - proof of eligibility and photo ID
  • a mask or face covering, which you will need to wear while in the centre (if you forget your mask we will provide one).

Who should or shouldn’t come with you

  • if you have a carer or require support to help you get around the site, you may bring one person with you. We also have volunteers who can assist on-site
  • you may bring a support dog but pet dogs must stay at home
  • please do not bring children with you as this can cause disruption and pose infection control risks.

If you are pregnant

We can vaccinate pregnant women at the vaccination centre if they have discussed having the vaccination with their healthcare professional.

Getting to the vaccination centre

The vaccination centre is on the King’s Park Community Hospital site in Gloucester Road, Bournemouth BH7 6JF.

By car

Travelling westbound on the A338 take the exit for King’s Park and the Vitality Stadium and follow King’s Park Drive until you reach the junction with Gloucester Road, by the indoor bowls centre. There is free on-street parking in this area as well as King’s Park pay and display car park (reference 59046) and you can also park for free in East Cemetery. From here it is a 3 minute walk to the vaccination centre. Please note you cannot drive right to the hospital site from this direction as there is a road barrier. It does, however, allow you to avoid residential roads.

Travelling eastbound on the A338 take the A3049 exit signposted for Boscombe. Leave the roundabout at the second exit then turn left onto Holdenhurst Road. Follow the road to the roundabout and take the second exit into King’s Park Drive. Then follow instructions as above.

From the A35 main Boscombe high street turn into Gloucester Road. The hospital site is on your right towards the end of the road. There is a limited number of parking spaces for the vaccination centre on site and these are clearly marked. There is limited free on-street parking but this road is often busy.

Disabled parking and access

Dedicated disabled parking for the vaccination centre is available on the site.

You can drop off someone attending for their vaccination at the designated area on the site – a volunteer will direct you. There is no parking in this area so you will need to park elsewhere before returning for pick-up.

By bus, by train and on foot

The vaccination centre is a short walk from the main A35 Boscombe high street, which is served by a number of bus routes (Yellow Buses 1, 1B and 2; MoreBus M2). Pokesdown railway station is also on this road and is about 12 minutes’ walk away.

Cycling

There will be an area to lock your bicycle.

Help travelling to your appointment

Anyone who needs help to get to their vaccination appointment can contact their council’s COVID-19 helpline. Both Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are offering support towards the costs of a taxi journey to local vaccination appointments for those who need it.

To speak to someone about the travel support available:

When you arrive at the centre

The vaccination centre is near the entrance to the King’s Park site on the right. The area is clearly signposted and volunteer marshals will be on-hand to support. Please go to the reception desk when you arrive.

If you have any symptoms which could indicate COVID-19 please DO NOT enter the building - you can rebook your appointment.

Arrival time and queueing 

Please do not arrive for your appointment more than 10 minutes before the time you have been given. If you are early please wait in your car or somewhere sheltered nearby. There is a limited amount of indoor queueing space and you will not be able to enter early. Depending on the number of bookings there will be quieter and busier times. Please bear with us as we work hard to get you through the centre as quickly as possible.

Toilets

There is access to toilets in the vaccination centre – staff and volunteers will direct you.

Your appointment

Please allow up to an hour in total for your appointment, including queueing, assessment, vaccination and post-vaccination waiting time. For those who have difficulty standing for any length of time we have chairs available and volunteers to assist.

Volunteer marshals will be available outside and inside the centre to support you. There is a strict entrance and exit flow at the centre - please follow the signs and the directions of the marshals.

You may be asked to confirm key information a number of times. This is to double check that you are correctly booked in and we have the right information for you.

You may be asked to gel your hands several times to help protect yourself and others, including the staff and volunteers at the centre. You will need to wear a mask at all times unless you are exempt.

You will be asked to wait for a short while after you’ve had your vaccination to make sure you are well and safe to leave.

After you’ve had your vaccination

You will receive a leaflet detailing the possible side effects of the vaccine you have received. Please make sure you read this carefully.

Protection against COVID-19 from the vaccine takes two to three weeks to kick in. It is very important that you return for your second dose and booster, if eligible, and continue to follow the current guidance to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

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You can find out more about the vaccine and the programme on the NHS website.

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