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Getting tested and vaccinated

  • Get vaccinated

    Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

    Everyone aged 12 and over, and some children aged 5 to 11, can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

    Book your vaccination now

    How well do the COVID-19 vaccines work?

    Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID).

    The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others. Research has shown the vaccines help:

    • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
    • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
    • protect against COVID-19 variants

    The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you've had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

    Most people also need a booster dose to help improve the protection from the first 2 doses of the vaccine.

    There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.

    Walk-in vaccination sites

    Mobile vaccination clinics are available in different locations in Blackpool each week. Anyone of eligible age can drop in to get a first or second dose of the vaccine, or a booster dose if eligible, with no appointment needed.

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    Vaccine safety

    All of the Covid-19 vaccines being used in the UK have been approved as safe and effective by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), following testing under the same regulations as all new medicines.

  • Workplace testing

    Evidence shows that around 1 in 3 people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all.

    These asymptomatic people can spread the virus unknowingly, in workplaces and in the community.

    Employee testing is quick and easy

    Swabbing and processing symptom-free tests can be conducted at home by the employee.

    Rapid ‘lateral flow tests' are used that give results within 30 minutes, without needing to send them to a laboratory.

    The tests are designed to be easy to use and require minimal training to operate.

    Find out more and register your workplace now