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Boost your immunity at the Piece Hall this weekend

Calderdale residents are being encouraged to visit Halifax’s Iconic Piece Hall this weekend to boost their immunity and get ready for winter by attending the walk-in vaccination clinic

COVID-19 vaccinations and flu jabs are available at the sessions on Saturday 20 November from 10am – 2pm, and Sunday 21 November from 10am– 4pm. People can walk-in and get vaccinated without an appointment, and vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

First, second, and third doses (for those with severe immune-suppression) are available. Booster jabs will also be available for people over the age of 50, people who work on the frontline of health and social care services, and people with underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are available and recommended for pregnant women. COVID-19 and flu vaccines available in the UK have been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profile. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby.

This will be Calderdale’s first walk-in vaccination session to offer booster jabs to people who had their second COVID-19 vaccination Saturday, 22nd May 2021.

NHS flu jabs will also be available for people who are 18 years old and over who are eligible to get the vaccination for free. It’s free to those who need it most, including people who are are 50 and over, those who have certain health conditions, are pregnant, frontline health or social care workers, people who live with someone who is more likely to get infections, and people who receive a carers’ allowance or are the main carer for an older or disabled person.

People who aren’t eligible for an NHS flu jab will be able to pay £14.99 to get one on the day.

Asghar Khan, Director at Medicare Chemists Limited, who are running the walk-in clinic said:

“We’re excited to be involved in this walk-in clinic, and our experienced vaccination team are gearing up for a busy weekend.

“We’re all aware of how important it is to be protected from COVID-19, and if you’re 16 and over and yet to be vaccinated this is a perfect opportunity to grab-a-jab. These vaccines are readily available and it’s never too late to get one.

“It’s also really important that we’re protected from flu as well. Case numbers were down last year because the various lockdowns reduced transmission rates. This year we’re mixing much more so it’s vital that you get your flu jab, particularly if you’re eligible for one for free though the NHS.”

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, said:

“This is another wonderful example of partnership in action and we’re happy to welcome our NHS colleagues into The Piece Hall once again.

“This is a great opportunity for visitors to make sure they’re protected and ready to enjoy the activities we have on offer as our Christmas season gets underway with the Winter Makers Market, which starts this weekend.”

Flu and COVID-19 can both be life-threatening and spread more easily in winter. If you’re over 50 or in an at-risk group, you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Get protected. To find our more visit: nhs.uk/wintervaccinations

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