The Borough’s youngest Councillors are toasting the National Health Service and staff at the Royal Oldham Hospital after receiving their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Councillors Luke Lancaster, 22, and Max Woodvine, 20, were contacted by the Northern Care Alliance and booked an appointment all in the same day.
This comes as Oldham begins to offer opportunities to those aged 18+ who are now also eligible to receive their first dose through a drop-in system at the Dunwoodie Centre, as the Borough is ahead of the national priority schedule for delivering vaccinations. Appointments are also available to book.
At the time across the country it was currently only people aged 23 and over that were eligible, however, they’ve now caught up with the effort locally.
The surplus in vaccinations in Oldham is a result of missed appointments so the Councillors are advising all of Oldham’s young people to book an appointment or simply drop-in when the opportunities to do so arise in the coming weeks.
Councillor Luke Lancaster, said: “Whilst many minds are concentrated on other important matters, such as England’s route to Euros victory, having a strong vaccination uptake is central to our country’s unlocking and moving on from this difficult situation for good. Hopefully, with more people coming forward for their jabs, we’ll be set for the remaining restrictions to be lifted in just a month’s time.”
Councillor Max Woodvine added: “Of course this is a testament to the Government, securing and delivering millions of vaccines, but vaccines need somebody to administer them and the staff at the Royal Oldham, and elsewhere, have been doing it so amazingly. Tens of thousands of people across the Borough are now vaccinated but we need to ensure as many people have it as possible, especially us youngsters.”
He concluded: “This is a success for Oldham as we buck the trend!”