Covid-19: where you can go to get a jab in Manchester as more venues added

An historic Manchester building has been brought into the city’s fight against Covid-19 this week.

Rates Hall, a Grade II-listed building in the city centre, has been opened as a vaccination hub and you can head there to get jabbed until the end of next week.

And if the trial goes well it could be brought into use again later this year.

It’s one of a number of places you can head around Manchester to get your first or second doses of a vaccine.

Public health bosses are urging residents to take advantage of the network of clinics which has been opened and get jabbed.

What you need to know about Rates Hall being used as a vaccination clinic

The building, which is part of the Manchester Town Hall Extension, is offering both first and second doses.

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Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are on offer on a walk-up basis, with no pre-booked appointments.

The vaccination pods at Rates Hall

The site is running between 11am and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 3pm until 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

There are four vaccination pods inside Rates Hall.

After this first fortnight the use of the hall will be reviewed, and if it is successful jabs could continue being offered there into September.

Staff are on hand to answer any questions people might have about the vaccines.

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It is hoped the central location of Rates Hall will help get larger numbers of younger Manchester residents jabbed.

The authorities also hope it will support students living along the Oxford Road corridor to successfully and safely return to their university lectures in September.

Anyone within three months of their 18th birthday can get vaccinated.

Where else can I get a Covid-19 vaccine in Manchester?

Currently the Manchester City Council website lists a dozen other sites where Covid-19 vaccines are being offered.

The biggest is the one at the Manchester Tennis Centre on the Etihad Campus.

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However, there are plenty of other options for people looking to get jabbed.

The other listed sites are: Owens Park, Everest Pharmacy in Whalley Range, The Grange Community Resource Centre, Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill, Jain Community Centre in Longsight, Newton Heath Health Centre, Plant Hill Clinic, the Superdrug store in Piccadilly Gardens, The Vallance Centre Brunswick, Whalley Range High School and Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Wythenshawe.

The site has information about each one and a handy interactive map for anyone who needs to locate a centre.

What are the authorities saying about getting vaccinated?

Coun Joanna Midgley, executive member for health and care at 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.

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“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.

The historic listed Rates Hall is being used as a vaccination centre

“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.

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“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.”