More pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held in Blackburn next week.
Masjid E Sajedeen Mosque on Plane Tree Road and Revidge Fold United Reformed Church are going to be temporary venues for the vaccination programme in addition to a clinic running at the Ghausia Mosque on Leamington Road.
These clinics are coming back to the same venues as last summer to offer the booster jab, as well as first and second doses.
The clinics are on a walk-in basis therefore no appointment is needed. These are as follows:
• Sunday 13 February 11am to 4pm – Ghausia Mosque, Leamington Road, BB2 6ER
• Tuesday 15 February to Thursday 17 February 11am to 4pm – Masjid E Sajedeen Mosque, Plane Tree Road, BB1 5NQ
• Thursday 17 February and Friday 18 February 12pm to 6pm – Revidge Fold United Reformed Church, BB1 8DS
• Saturday 19 February and Sunday 20 February 11am to 5pm – Revidge Fold United Reformed Church, BB1 8DS
A booster dose of the vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine and helps against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Jane Scattergood, COVID-19 vaccination director for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “As soon as you are eligible, please do come forward. Vaccination is extremely important in our continued fight against COVID-19 and these pop-up sites mean people have more opportunities to get their jab at a time and place that suits them.
“Why not bring the whole family down to get vaccinated together? These services can vaccinate everyone aged 12 and over.
“We will continue to do all we can to protect the communities we serve. It is just as important to get vaccinated now as it was on day one of the programme, and it has never been easier to walk in and get your jab while you are out and about.
“I also want to take this opportunity to again say a huge thank you to all our staff and partners who are working hard on the delivery of the vaccination programme.”
Dominic Harrison, Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health, said: “Anything that makes it a bit easier to get your first, second or booster vaccine is good news, and these clinics coming to people’s neighbourhoods and communities will help massively with this. It makes it all so much more convenient and people can just call in without having to make an appointment.
“We know restrictions have eased and we are moving into Plan A but it is still hugely important to get vaccinated to keep yourselves and loved ones protected and to help the fight against COVID-19, which is still ongoing.”
Everyone aged 16 and over who had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago can get a booster dose. While anyone aged 12 and over can get a first and second dose of the vaccine, some children aged 12 to 15 are also eligible for a booster dose if they have a weakened immune system or they have a condition which puts them at risk of becoming seriously ill should they get COVID-19.
Translators will be on hand should they be needed.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, to check if you are eligible, or to find other vaccination centres in the local area, go to www.healthierlsc.co.uk/getmyjab