Shoppers to get more than they bargained for as extra vaccine appointments offered

  • Blackpool residents urged to make sure they’re fully protected against COVID-19 ahead of Christmas
  • Extra capacity is being made available at walk-in vaccination sites this weekend (27-28 November) to make it more convenient for people to get their jabs.

Ten of thousands of bargain hunters are set to hit the high streets of Blackpool for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, but the best deal on offer will be the chance to get protected against COVID-19.

Right across Blackpool vaccination services will be offering walk-in appointments to everyone who needs any of their coronavirus jabs – and there will be no need to book in advance.

Booster jabs and second doses of the vaccine will be available to anyone eligible, as well as first doses of the vaccine for those yet to receive one.

Lancashire and South Cumbria vaccination programme senior responsible officer Jane Scattergood said: “Many of us are starting to get ready for Christmas, but please along with the presents, turkey and tinsel, make sure vaccinations are part of your preparations.

“The coronavirus vaccine is the best way to make sure you have a great festive season and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus when visiting friends and family.

“It is just as important to get vaccinated now as it was on day one of the programme,

“That’s why we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to get your COVID-19 jabs this weekend and help you tick one more job off your Christmas list.”

Since the start of the vaccination programme over 200,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been given in Blackpool.

All children and young people aged 12-15 will be, or have been, offered a COVID-19 vaccine at school. If they are yet to receive the vaccine, they can visit a walk-in site.

Everyone aged 16 and over is eligible for the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 booster vaccines are currently being offered to those aged 40 and over. People are eligible for the booster vaccine six months after their second jab.

Vaccination walk-in centres can be found using the national site finder – https://bit.ly/VacBlackpool

Site Vaccine Saturday Sunday
Community Testing Hub, Hounds Hill, Victoria Street Pfizer 10am to 4pm 10am to 4pm
(12-15 year olds only)
Vaccine Van, Tesco Extra, Clifton Retail Park Pfizer   10am to 4pm
Blackpool South Car Park, Yeadon Way, Blackpool, FY1 6BF Pfizer 8:30am to 7:30pm 8:30am to 7:30pm
Moor Park Health Centre, Bristol Avenue, Blackpool. Pfizer / Moderna 10am to 4pm