Anyone over the age of 18 will be able to walk into the Rates Hall in the Town Hall Extension next week and get a COVID-19 jab, Manchester City Council has confirmed.
The Grade II listed venue near St Peter’s Square is being turned into a vaccination hub from Monday 9 August – allowing people to pop in to get a jab with no booking required.
The central location has been chosen to make it easy for people to visit and get vaccinated when they’re out and about in town, as well as offering a nearby vaccination site for returning students living in the Oxford Road Corridor.
The pop-up will be running for an initial two-week period offering both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines – with the site potentially being extended into September.
A total of four vaccination pods will be set up inside the hall and staff on site will be on hand to answer any questions.
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 added: “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.”
The vaccination hub operational times are as follows:
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
For more information, visit the Manchester City Council website.