Northern Trust opens ‘walk-in’ vaccinations at Seven Towers Leisure Center in Ballymena

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has announced that the mass vaccination center at Seven Towers Leisure Center in Ballymena will offer walk-in appointments to all adults who have not yet received their first vaccination from Monday July the 5th.

This will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for people over 18 who will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

In an online message, the Trust says: “Anyone with a scheduled appointment is unaffected as there will be a separate route for walk-in appointments.

“Depending on demand, there may be a wait for your appointment, but our staff will work hard to ensure everyone is seen as quickly as possible.”

Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser has called on young people aged 18 to 29 to come forward for their jabs.

“Vaccination was extremely important before the Delta variant of Covid-19. This is all the more important now that the variant is circulating in NI in increasing numbers,” the chief medical officer said.

“I again urge the youngsters to receive their jabs without delay, and I appeal to their parents to encourage them to do so. The right time to receive the jab is now.

“As modeling information already in the public domain indicates, we face the potential for a significant increase in Covid-19 by the end of the summer, if not sooner.

“We all want to protect and expand the freedoms we have reclaimed from the pandemic. We all want our lives back, to be able to do things that matter to us.

“We are getting there and the young people have made a huge difference. You’ve already missed too many things. Let’s not miss any more.

“Vaccination is the key. The same goes for avoiding complacency. The worst thing we can do right now is to imagine that it’s over, that the risk is gone.

Chief scientific adviser Prof Young said: ‘I know some people will wonder how Covid can still be such a threat when our vaccination program has gone so well.

“It was undoubtedly a success, and we would be in a much worse situation without the vaccines. Nevertheless, there is still vital work to be done.

“There is a significant part of the population that has not yet obtained the more complete protection that the two doses of vaccine provide. Getting both doses is especially important compared to the Delta variant.