The First Minister and Health Minister have visited a mobile vaccination clinic in Larne.
It was set up before the Larne FC home European match against Bala Town, offering home supporters the opportunity to get the vaccine on their way to the game. The clinic was also open to any other NI residents who happen to be in the vicinity.
The Ministers have urged those over the age of 18 to come forward and get their Covid vaccine.
The First Minister said: “I would like to acknowledge the tremendous logistical effort behind the vaccination programme. So many people have played a part in delivering the vaccine across Northern Ireland. Of course this involves the health trusts, the frontline medical and administrative support staff who are key to the programme.
“But these partnerships go much, much wider. Today I have seen how Larne FC and the Irish Football Association and have joined with St Cedma's Church to offer first doses of the vaccination to football fans making their way to Inver Park.
“Sport has been hit hard by the pandemic, and we all want to get back to full grounds cheering on teams without restrictions. I am pleased to see Larne being part of that effort, and every fan who gets the jab here tonight will take us a step closer to that.”
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “It’s never been easier to get a jab and I urge everyone to avail of the opportunity as soon as possible. As well as an increasing number of mobile vaccination clinics in every area of Northern Ireland, our regional Trust vaccination centres are all now accepting walk-ins without the need to book appointments.
“The current increase in Covid-19 infections in Northern Ireland means that all of us need to step up our efforts to fight the virus. Getting yourself vaccinated and encouraging your friends and family, specially younger people, to get the jab will help to protect us all. We’re bringing the vaccine to every community – please don’t delay in getting your jab.”
Earlier, the First Minister visited the SSE Arena vaccination centre to get his second jab and thank those involved in delivering the programme.
Mr Givan said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound and long-lasting impact on the lives of everyone in Northern Ireland. We are all looking forward to a time when we are free from its shadow. But the vaccine is key to that.
“I am pleased to get my second vaccine today, and join the hundreds of thousands of people who have come forward to be vaccinated. I’m no more important than the people getting the jab before and after me. But it’s the strength in numbers that’s important here – the more people who are vaccinated the better equipped we are, collectively, to fight this virus.”
Notes to editors:
1. For locations of Trust vaccination centres and mobile vaccination clinics: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-northern-ireland
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