June 8, 2021 12.09 pm This story is over 13 months old

Pfizer vaccines available at Lincolnshire Showground from Friday

After a few weeks of supply issues

Lincolnshire Showground will be able to offer Pfizer vaccinations against COVID-19 from Friday.

The government announced last month that most people under the age of 40 would be offered alternatives to the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, after links to rare blood clots, but the Pfizer had not been available at the Lincoln mass vaccination site.

Despite the change, some people were being turned away from the Lincolnshire Showground mass vaccination site. A technical glitch was blamed, as the Pfizer vaccine was only available at the PCN (Primary Care Network) Lincoln vaccine site.

For the first time, the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to people under 40 at the Showgrounds mass vaccine site, unless they have already used AstraZeneca for a first jab, from Friday, June 11.

It is the second mass vaccination centre (MVC) in Lincolnshire to offer the Pfizer jab, after the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston. Both sites are open seven days per week, from 8am to 8pm.

The large coronavirus vaccination centre at Lincolnshire Showground. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It comes after the last cohort were made available to book their jabs, people between the ages of 25 and 29.

However, many have been struggling to access the NHS website in order to book their appointments, with thousands sat in virtual queues waiting while the website experiences “technical difficulties”.

Rebecca Neno, Deputy Chief Nurse at the NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer the Pfizer vaccine at the Showground MVC from the end of this week.

Rebecca Neno is the deputy chief nurse for NHS Lincolnshire CCG, and lead of the vaccination rollout in the county. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“With the dominance and heightened transmissibility being shown by the Delta variant, it is more important than ever we all get two doses of the covid vaccination, in order to build up the maximum possible amount of immunity and longevity of that protection.

“As we continue with the vaccination programme, our best way to manage COVID-19 is to continue to follow the ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ guidance and when called for a vaccine, either first or second dose, please ensure you arrange to attend an appointment as soon as possible.”

You can book a coronavirus vaccination appointment online if you are 25 or over.