Blackburn finally gets green light to increase vaccinations amid outbreak of Indian variants – fr

Blackburn finally gets green light to increase vaccinations amid outbreak of Indian variants – fr

Thousands of more vaccines are heading to Blackburn over the next fortnight in a bid to prevent the spread of the Indian Covid variant.
The green light has been given for the additional supply as local authorities, leaders and the community work to stop any further infection of the ‘variant of concern’.

And vaccines will be made available to all residents over the age of 18, subject to eligibility.

Earlier this week, the strain was detected in the Blackburn area along with Darwen.

It has been linked to cases of Covid-19 in three borough wards – Shear Brow and Corporation Park, Billinge and Beardwood, and Bastwell and Daisyfield.

Blackburn with Darwen has seen an increase in coronavirus cases in recent days, with 30 more infections confirmed yesterday (May 15).

The additional supply means there will be more than 1,000 Pfizer vaccines distributed in the region over the next two weeks.

Director of Public Health Prof Dominic Harrison spoke of his joy after the additional offer was confirmed.

He said: “Glad to say that we now have a ‘green light’ to rapidly ramp up vaccinations!

“An additional supply of over 1000 per day (Pfizer) for the next 2 weeks for the two high dispersal areas and all residents over 18 (subject to eligibility).

He added: “Clinically vulnerable 16-18 year olds can (on the recommendation of their GP) get vaccinated with Pfizer now – we are awaiting the government’s decision on vaccination for all 12-18 year olds in the UK. Unconfirmed but vaccination approval for under 12 seems unlikely at this time. ”

Surge tests will also begin in parts of Blackburn with Darwen next week, as efforts to control the variant continue.

The military will also be deployed to the city to help with surge testing and the prime minister said there will be “new targeted activity” to speed up the vaccine rollout.

There had been some confusion earlier this week with Blackburn with Darwen Council first appearing to confirm vaccines for all over 18s and then reversing that position.

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