The NHS is urging people to come forward for their Covid vaccine over the next few days – with the stark warning that leaving it until the New Year will be too late !
The new variant is spreading so rapidly that the public are being asked to come forward over the festive period and get protected.
Walk-ins are now available across all sites with lots of appointments available so queues are unlikely.
Opening times are:
- Blackburn Cathedral – 8am – 8pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve until 2pm. New Year’s Day 1-8pm.
- Mobile unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital (RBH) FREE PARKING IF YOU GET A JAB – 8am – 8pm every day except closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve until 12 noon. and New Year’s Day 1-8pm.
- Burnley Mall – 8am – 8pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve until 2pm. New Year’s Day 1-8pm.
Whilst Omicron is thought to be milder, cases are rising so rapidly, there is a fear that we will have staff shortages across the region if more and more people are having to isolate for seven days.
NHS staff and volunteers are working extra hours over the Christmas and New Year period to get as many people as possible vaccinated.
Family groups are being asked to come forward so that everyone can get protected –12 years and over at the Cathedral and Mall only; RBH 16 years and above. Pregnant women, first and second doses as well as boosters are available at all three sites.
Tony McDonald, Executive Director of Integrated Care, Partnerships and Resilience for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The vaccination really is proving to be our biggest weapon in the fight against the Covid-19 virus. This is especially evident with the recent rise in cases of the Omicron variant and the definite link between the seriousness of illness and vaccination status.
“With that in mind, my plea to everyone is to protect yourselves and your loved ones by having the vaccination as soon as possible. If you have had one dose, please do follow up with the second and the booster doses.”
Jane Scattergood, Vaccine programme director for Lancashire and South Cumbria said: “I would encourage everyone to come forward and get protected as soon as possible. This is another example of the NHS making it as easy as possible for people to come forward and get vaccinated. We must do all we can to protect ourselves, our family and the most vulnerable from this new variant.”