RESIDENTS in West Lancashire are urged to protect themselves against COVID-19 as a second round of mobile vaccinations comes to the region next week.
Following the success of the pop-up clinics in June and July, mobile vaccinations are returning on Friday 27 August with regular clinics in a number of locations until Saturday 4 September.
The local NHS is working with GP practices, West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council to provide the service in areas where vaccine uptake is lowest in a bid to ensure as many people as possible are protected against COVID-19.
The vaccination teams also return to a selection of sites from the first run of clinics to allow residents to receive their all-important second dose.
Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds will be able to receive their first dose of Pfizer at these clinics.
Councillor Vickie Cummins, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing at West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “It is vital as many people as possible come forward for their COVID-19 vaccination, and it has never been easier for the residents of West Lancashire to receive their first or second jab by visiting a mobile walk-in clinic.
“We’re particularly keen to see the under 30s come forward. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from the virus and its immediate and long-term effects.
“This has been another collaborative effort from our NHS, the Clinical Commissioning Group, GPs, local authority staff and volunteers. My sincere thanks go to all involved for their hard work in continuing to help protect West Lancashire.”
Abdul Razaq, Acting Director of Public Health for Lancashire County Council, said: “Cases of COVID-19 remain high across the county, with increases being seen in a number of districts.
“As we begin to learn to live with COVID-19, it is vital we use every tool at our disposal to continue to give us the upper hand over the virus, and that means getting fully vaccinated with two doses.
“Having both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will significantly reduce the chance of developing severe disease and dying. Doing so will also reduce the chance of spreading the virus to other people, although it will not stop transmission entirely.
“This is why we should all continue to take sensible measures, such as washing our hands regularly, wearing face masks in crowded places and testing twice-weekly with free, rapid COVID-19 tests.
“If you are eligible and have not yet had two doses of the vaccine, please come forward and take advantage of the extra clinics being held in West Lancashire to protect yourselves and those you care about.”
The schedule for the van is as follows:
|Friday 27 August||All Saints Church Hall, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SQ||Midday-5pm|
|Saturday 28 August||Scarisbrick Marina, Southport Road, Scarisbrick, L40 9RH||10am-5:30pm|
|Tuesday 31 August||Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LN||10am-5pm|
|Wednesday 1 September||Tanhouse Community Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6AN||10am-5pm|
|Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 September||West Lancs College, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DX (Staff & students only)||8:30am-4pm|
|Thursday 2 September||Evermoor Hub, Skelmersdale, WN8 9HR||10am-5pm|
|Friday 3 September||Greenhill Community Hub, Skelmersdale, WN8 8DL||10am-5pm|
|Saturday 4 September||Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LN||10am-5pm|
First and second doses are available at all sites. If attending for a second dose, please ensure it is at least eight weeks since your first and if you have an appointment booked for your second, please ensure you cancel to avoid potential vaccine wastage at other sites. More sites will be confirmed in due course.
For updates, please visit https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/popupclinics/ or check the CCG’s Facebook or Twitter accounts @WestLancsCCG.