Vaccine van team reaches 3000th vaccination


Posted on Thursday 5th August 2021

four health professionals standing in front of a vaccination tent

Blackpool’s mobile vaccine van delivered its 3000th Covid-19 vaccination at the weekend, on Saturday 31 July.

 

The van has been travelling to different locations in Blackpool each week in a bid to make getting the Covid jab as easy as possible for all residents.

 

It is hoped the younger cohort of 18-30 year olds in Blackpool who are now eligible to be vaccinated will be encouraged to come forward, but the vaccine van welcomes anyone over 18 for first or second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines.

 

Just over 60% of 18-24 year olds in Blackpool have now had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, joining over 3 million others aged 18-24 in England who have taken up the jab.

 

The van provides walk-in jabs so residents can turn up on the day, without the need for an appointment. Its varied locations over the next week include Blackpool Football Club and Bank Hey Street in the town centre.

 

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health, said:

 

“We know many of our young people in Blackpool have already got the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them. The progress of the vaccine van has been extremely positive.

 

“However, we want to reach the under 30s who are yet to get their first dose in Blackpool.

 

“We’re keen to let younger people know that the Covid-19 vaccination not only provides the best protection against serious illness from Covid, but also the potentially harmful effects of long Covid. Long Covid can and does affect all ages – even young people.

 

“We also want life to return to normal and the vaccine plays a vital role in allowing that to happen. NHS COVID passes are now being required to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of entry at some venues and events. They are also used for international travel purposes.

 

“We’re urging those who want to get back to the things they have missed to do so safely and get double jabbed as soon as they can.”

 

99,000 residents in Blackpool have now had at least one dose of the vaccine.

 

To find out more about the vaccine van and get dates, locations and times, visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/VaccineVan


Posted on Thursday 5th August 2021

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