We’d rather share the vaccine supply, not the Covid virus, says Manchester’s health bosses ahead of key festival dates

Three day-window now for young Mancs to come forward for Pfizer jab – AND they can bring friends, family and visitors who are also eligible for it.

Raves, not graves: that’s the message from Manchester’s health bosses as they lead a two-day call for any 18-year-old and above, who is eligible for a Pfizer jab, to come forward before festival season starts and more people visit clubs and events.  

The bold move will not only help Manchester residents, but visitors too – so that the city uses its vaccine supply in the best way possible between now and Thursday evening. 

David Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester, said: “We need to a take a practical and pragmatic approach wherever we can. We have supplies that we need to use – and at the same time, we want young people to be able to enjoy all the things that they have missed out on during the last year and a half. This approach combines both those aims, while keeping people as safe as possible.” 

This three-day window is a chance for people to come forward without needing a pre-booked appointment for either their first or second vaccine. These are the venue details:

Wednesday 4 August

  • The Grange, M11 3TQ, 1.30 – 6pm Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses
  • Plant Hill, M9 8LX 6pm – 9pm Pfizer and Astra Zeneca 1st and 2nd doses
  • Irish Heritage Centre, M8 OAE, 8am – 12pm Astra Zeneca and Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses
  • Newton Heath Health Centre, M40 2JF, 2pm – 5.30pm, Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses
  • Golf Pavilion Car Park, Heaton Park, M25 2SW, 9am – 1pm, Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses

Thursday 5 August

  • The Jain Centre, M12 4QE 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm Pfizer and AZ 1st and 2nd doses
  • Irish Heritage Centre, M8 OAE, 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 9pm Astra Zeneca and Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses
  • Woodhouse Park, M22 1QW 1.30 – 5.50PM Pfizer 1st and 2nd dose

Friday 6 August

  • Newton Heath Health Centre, M40 2JF, 9am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 5.30pm, Pfizer and AstraZeneca 1st and 2nd doses
  • Irish Heritage Centre, M8 OAE, 4pm – 9pm Astra Zeneca and Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses

Dr Manisha Kumar, who is leading Manchester’s vaccination programme, and is also Medical Director for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, said: “Having the vaccine is a vital step in getting life back to where it used to be. We know young people have had to face enormous hardship during the pandemic – and we want to work with them to bring opportunities, fun – and normality – back to their lives. 

“This, combined with all the other safety measures, is the best way to protect people from serious illness from the virus – and the risk of spreading it to others.”