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COVID-19: In hard-hit Blackburn there is a huge gray area over who is eligible for a vaccine and the criteria are broad | UK News

The race is on between vaccine and virus – and as the Indian variant of COVID-19 spreads in places like Blackburn and Bolton, jab after jab is delivered to those who need it and want it now.

To a new coronavirus vaccination site, set up in Blackburn on Tuesday morning, it was clear people want to do what they can to ensure that this already hard-hit town does not enter another local lockdown anytime soon.

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This is why local leaders have allowed anyone over the age of 18 – eligible – to be vaccinated against COVID.

But there is a huge gray area on who is actually eligible and the criteria are broad.

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Lancashire Director of Immunization Jane Scattergood told Sky News: “In Blackburn we have 16,000 doses that we want to get to people quickly.

“We won’t waste a drop of vaccine and in order not to waste any we can bite those over 18 who are otherwise fit.

The government’s message is not to have a localized approach and we should stick to the national age order, but local health officials understand the seriousness of the spread of the disease. Indian variant could have in Blackburn.

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Twenty-year-old David Lowrie was first in line at 8:30 a.m. He says getting the vaccine isn’t just about saving his life, but everyone is around him as well.

He said: “At home mum has type 2 diabetes which means she is at risk and my dad is over 65 so if anything happened to them, if I brought him home from work. , I couldn’t forgive myself for doing this to them.

“I just couldn’t see them die for something we can prevent.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 16:44:00