The Grade II listed Rates Hall in Manchester city centre has been brought into the fight against Covid-19.
From Monday, August 9 the Hall, which forms part of the Manchester Town Hall Extension, will be offering both first and second vaccines to residents.
The central location of the Rates Hall will support the ongoing efforts to vaccinate higher numbers of younger residents living in Manchester. It will also support returning students to Manchester, living in the Oxford Road Corridor, to make sure that they can return safely to their studies during the autumn term.
The pop up will be running for an initial two-week period offering both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. This will be a walk-in site, with no prior booking required.
A total of four vaccination pods will be set up inside the hall.
The continued use of this vaccination site will be reviewed after its first two weeks, and if successful could continue into September.
Staff on site will also be on hand to answer any questions people have about the vaccine so that they can make an informed choice about their health and wellbeing.
The site’s operational times are:
Monday: 15.00 - 19.00
Tuesday: 11.00 - 19.00
Wednesday: 15.00 - 19.00
Thursday: 11.00 - 19.00
Friday: 15.00 - 19.00
Councillor Joanna Midgley, Executive Member for Health and Care for Manchester City Council said: “Throughout the rollout of the vaccine choosing the right location has been key. Making sure the vaccine is accessible to every resident is crucial as we work to ensure as many people as possible are protected from Covid-19.
“Over the past month we have been working hard to reach our younger residents, many of which live in the city centre or in neighbouring areas. By setting up a vaccination site in literally the heart of the city, with close links to public transport and in one of the city’s most well-known landmarks we are giving people the easiest possible opportunity to get jabbed.”
David Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester said: “We know that by getting the jab a person is significantly cutting their risk of becoming seriously ill due to Covid-19. Getting the second jab reduces that risk even further which is why it is so important that people do the right thing and come forward.
“As large parts of society have now opened up again we want residents, especially our younger ones, to be able to enjoy life to its fullest especially given the sacrifices made through 2020.
“This is why I’d urge anyone yet to get their first or second vaccine to take up this opportunity to grab a jab, protect themselves, and get their lives back to normal.”