Blackpool starts door-knocking as town sets eyes on 100% vaccine uptake

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Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health at Blackpool Council, wants the town to ‘set the benchmark’ when it comes to vaccine uptake

Blackpool’s public health boss has set his sights ‘setting the benchmark’ by getting everyone vaccinated against coronavirus.

It comes as town hall officials have set their sights on door-to-door enquiries to ensure everyone has been for a vaccine if they are eligible.

Currently, 88,000 people in Blackpool have had a first jab to protect them against Covid-19, accounting for around 66% of all adults in the seaside town.

More than 90% of those aged over 50 have been jabbed.

Door-knocking started on Wednesday (June 2) with Blackpool Council employees knocking in specific areas of the town to assist people with making their vaccination appointments if they choose to.

Staff are using portable devices to make appointments digitally for residents on the spot, particularly for those without online access.

And from Sunday (June 6), a free bus service is being supplied by Blackpool Transport for anybody travelling to and from Blackpool Victoria Hospital for vaccination appointments.

Here, passengers can take advantage of the free transport by simply showing their vaccine appointment confirmation text message, email or letter.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Director of Public Health at Blackpool Council, said the town can “set the benchmark” in setting the challenge to get a 100% uptake.

“As a town our vaccination rates are very good and we’ve seen tens of thousands of people take up their invitation to get vaccinated against Covid-19 – it’s been fantastic to see,” Dr Rajpura said.

“Over 90% of over 50s in Blackpool who have been offered the vaccine have said yes and that’s playing a huge part in our infection rates staying low and fewer people with Covid-19 needing our vital hospital resources.

“I think as a town Blackpool could really set the benchmark in vaccination uptake and that’s why I’m challenging residents to help us hit the target by joining the two out of three adults who have already had their first vaccination dose.

“The challenge is to get as near to 100% vaccination rates as we can – get your neighbours, your family and your friends on board and give them the vaccine booking information.

“The vaccine programme is the best way for us all to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities and get our lives back to as normal as possible.”

Currently the vaccine is available to:

  • People aged 30 and over
  • People who will turn 30 before 1 July 2021
  • People at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • People who live or work in care homes
  • Health and social care workers
  • People with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • People with a learning disability
  • People who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19

To book your vaccine click here.