Covid NI: chief medical officer urges young people to get vaccinated this weekend

Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer has urged young people to come in for their coronavirus jab this weekend.

Professor Sir Michael McBride is encouraging young people to take full advantage of the pop-up clinics run by the Health Trusts for age groups 12-17 this weekend.

A series of clinics will be set up across Northern Ireland on November 27 and 28.

Speaking ahead of this deployment, Prof McBride said: “I can fully understand that some young people feel the threat of Covid-19 does not apply to them.

“However, recent events where large numbers of young people have been gathered have shown us that age alone is no protection against infection with this virus or its transmission to others who may be even more vulnerable.

“Many young people have already seen their careers, education and athletic activity drastically curtailed as a result of contracting Covid-19.”

Professor Sir Michael McBride went on to say: ‘I would ask parents, carers and guardians to have a conversation with their children and encourage them to take this opportunity to get the vaccine. The weight of the past two years has hit the youngsters particularly hard and they have been missed so much.

“Getting vaccinated gives them the best chance to regain control and protect themselves and their loved ones, including their parents, grandparents and other loved ones. The more people vaccinated will help reduce the impact of Covid-19 on society and on health services.

“Vaccination is also very important when it comes to reducing disruption in the education of young people.”

People between the ages of 12 and 15 will need an adult/guardian to accompany them to an immunization clinic to give consent.

Details of pop-up vaccination clinics taking place this weekend in NI

Saturday November 27

  • Ballymena – Seven Towers Leisure Centre: 9am to 5pm (closed 12.30pm to 1pm)
  • Belfast – Ulster Rugby Kingspan Stadium: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Belfast – Ulster Hospital, Acute Services Block: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Craigavon ​​- Rushmere Centre: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Downpatrick – Downshire Hospital, Great Hall: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Enniskillen – South West Acute Hospital, Key Worker Accommodation: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Lisburn Primary and Community Care Center: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Londonderry – Altnagelvin Hospital, Level 5, Tower: 9am-4.30pm (by appointment only)
  • Kilkeel Leisure Centre: 9.30am-5.30pm (by appointment only)
  • Omagh – Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Old School Canteen: 9am-4.30pm (by appointment only)

Sunday November 28

  • Ballymena – Seven Towers Leisure Centre: 9am to 5pm (closed 12.30pm to 1pm)
  • Belfast – Ulster Rugby Kingspan Stadium: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Belfast – Ulster Hospital, Acute Services Block: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Craigavon ​​- Rushmere Centre: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Downpatrick – Downshire Hospital, Great Hall: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Dungannon – la Jonction: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Enniskillen – South West Acute Hospital, Key Worker Accommodation: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (by appointment only)
  • Lisburn Primary and Community Care Center: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Londonderry – Altnagelvin Hospital Site, Level 5, Tower: 9am-4.30pm (by appointment only)
  • Omagh – Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Old School Canteen: 9am-4.30pm (by appointment only)

All the details of the clinics available on nidirect by clicking here.

While some clinics use a walk-in system, others operate by appointment only. Online booking is available here.

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