Dr Jim Gardner, Medical Director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has underlined the importance for all eligible adults to get the Covid booster vaccination to best protect themselves and the NHS from the threat of the Omicron strain. Dr Jim explains that the booster is the most effective protection, and also asks that anyone who has not started the vaccination programme, that it is never too late to join the fight.
He said: “The worry of course is the new Omicron variant and the main concerns about Omicron are its ability to spread very very quickly probably more quickly than the other strains and also a question mark about just how effective the first vaccination program has been against it.
“What we know about the vaccination program is the booster is incredibly helpful if immunity is starting to wane. So now for any adult over three months since their main course it’s possible to get a booster and that boosts the immune response to Covid generally and will improve both immune response to Covid and also reduce though not eliminate transmissibility.”
You can get your vaccinations at any of the local walk-in centres below.
|Thursday 30 December||Red Lion Pub Car Park, Devonshire Road, Bispham, FY2 0AR||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Friday 31 December||Odeon Blackpool Car Park, Rigby Road, Blackpool, FY1 5EP||9.00am to 1.00pm|
|Tuesday 4 January||Blackpool Model Village & Gardens, East Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9RB||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Wednesday 5 January||Lidl, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, FY1 6JW||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Thursday 6 January||Frank Townend Community Centre, Kensington Road, Cleveleys, FY5 1ER||1.00pm to 7.00pm|
|Friday 7 January||Red Lion Pub Car Park, Devonshire Road, Bispham, FY2 0AR||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Saturday 8 January||Community Testing Hub, Houndshill Shopping Centre (opp. back of M&S), Victoria Street, Blackpool, FY1 4RJ||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Sunday 9 January||Tesco Extra, Clifton Retail Park, Blackpool, FY4 4UJ||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Sunday 9 January||(12-15 age group only) Community Testing Hub, Houndshill Shopping Centre (opp. back of M&S), Victoria Street, Blackpool, FY1 4RJ||10.00am to 4.00pm|
Blackpool South Car ParkThere is also daily vaccinations available between 8.30am and 7.30pm, residents can either book an appointment (preferred) using the national booking system or pop in at a convenient time.
Where: Blackpool South Car Park, Yeadon Way, Blackpool, FY1 6BF
For the very latest on the walk-in centres in the local area and details of eligibility please visit the dedicated page on the Blackpool Council website.