COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Blundell Park on Saturday during Grimsby Town’s match against Wealdstone in an ambitious attempt to make the jabs more accessible to the community.

The Mariners face Wealdstone at home on Saturday, January 29, and while the game is taking place there will be availability for fans to get their coronavirus vaccine.

The volunteers will be offering first, second, and booster doses for people aged 16 and over without the need for appointment. The jab site can be found next to the executive entrance, which is across the main club car park directly behind McDonald’s.

Pfizer vaccinations will be offered at Blundell Park from 1pm to 5.30pm on Saturday, as Grimsby kick off against Wealdstone at 3pm, and you don’t need a match ticket to get jabbed.

Lincoln City’s LNER Stadium was used as a COVID-19 rapid testing site at the start of 2021, but it was never operational while the team played their matches, making Grimsby’s move a Lincolnshire first.

North East Lincolnshire acting director of public health, Geoff Barnes, said: “With schools now well into the new term, North East Lincolnshire is starting to see a rise again in cases amongst children, which is inevitably spreading to their parents and older relatives.

“All the figures suggest that whilst the Omicron variant is less severe in its symptoms it does still pose a significant risk to older and more vulnerable people. That alone is a vital reason for everyone to be fully vaccinated. Whether it’s your first, second or booster dose, we urge you to go along either on Saturday or to one of the many clinics.”

As well as the vaccinations at the football ground, there will also be a host of walk-in clinics across Grimsby for anyone wanting either a first, second or booster jab.

Pfizer doses will be available for people aged 16 and over wanting a first or second dose, as well as boosters for over 16s who had their second dose at least three months ago.

There will also be a select few of the sites that offer first and second doses for 12 to 15-year-olds, so long as the gap between jabs is at least 12 weeks and they are 12 weeks clear after testing positive for COVID-19.

The local walk-in dates are:

  • Sunday, January 30 – 10am to 2pm: Drugs4Delivery, Acorn Business Park, Moss Road*
  • Sunday, January 30 – 10am to 2pm: Freshney Place Shopping Centre (opposite the HMV store)*
  • Monday, January 31 – 9am to 1.30pm: Periville Pharmacy, Cromwell Primary Care Centre, Cromwell Road
  • Monday, January 31 – 9am to 5pm: Drugs4Delivery, Acorn Business Park, Moss Road*
  • Monday, January 31 – 10am to 2pm: Freshney Place Shopping Centre (opposite the HMV store)*
  • Tuesday, February 1 – 9am to 1.30pm: Periville Pharmacy, Cromwell Primary Care Centre, Cromwell Road
  • Tuesday, February 1 – 10am to 6pm: Centre4, 17a Wootton Road
  • Wednesday, February 2 – 9am to 1.30pm: Periville Pharmacy, Cromwell Primary Care Centre, Cromwell Road
  • Thursday, February 3 – 9am to 1.30pm: Periville Pharmacy, Cromwell Primary Care Centre, Cromwell Road
  • Thursday, February 3 – 4pm to 7pm: Open Door, Albion Street*
  • Friday, February 4 – 9am to 1.30pm: Periville Pharmacy, Cromwell Primary Care Centre, Cromwell Road
  • Friday, February 4 – 4pm to 7pm: Open Door, Albion Street*
  • Saturday, February 5 – 8.30am to 4pm: Open Door, Albion Street*

* = doses for 12 to 15-year-olds

A year six teacher with coronavirus has been teaching her class virtually from home as a Lincolnshire primary school continues to battle against staff shortages.

The Richmond School in Skegness had 20 staff off last week, meaning some children had to be sent home. At one point there was just one adult for 60 children, which the school decided “wasn’t safe”, so the reception class was closed last week, as well as on Monday, January 24.

This week there are 14 staff off sick and the school is working hard to manage the situation.

But year six teacher Emma Green was determined to carry on and is teaching her class virtually from home while recovering from coronavirus.

She told BBC Look North: “I have been told on numerous occasions I don’t need to, however I don’t feel that poorly so I feel like I still need to give and I still want to be part of the class.

“We’ve been quite short across the school, particularly lower down in the school, so anything that I can do to help if that means my teaching assistants can be deployed somewhere else and I can teach my class then that’s fine.”

Headteacher Caroline Wellsted said: “It meant we had to close our reception class for the whole of last week and Monday of this week because I only had one adult in school for 60 children and it just wasn’t safe.

“There have been other odd days when I’ve had to close just one class in some year groups because staffing levels have dipped to an unsafe level.”

When asked how school staff in the county have been affected since they returned from the Christmas break Martin Smith, assistant director for education at Lincolnshire County Council, told The Lincolnite: “This continues to be a challenging time for schools, who are regularly having to deal with staff absences. Every school is different and the situation changes on a daily basis.

“However, at this time, schools are managing to adapt and remain open. I want to thank school leaders and their teams for their resilience and commitment at this time.”

A Mablethorpe parent fears a school bus stop has become a “Russian roulette of who is going to get hurt” after it was moved onto a shorter, busier road around the corner.

The bus stop which serves Theddlethorpe Academy was moved from Tuplin Road to Peter Chambers Way at the beginning of January.

However, Jamie Leigh Dalton told Local Democracy Reporters that where the previous stop had been a long straight road with no obstacles and wide enough for cars to manoeuvre, the new location was just in front of a roundabout exit, on a shorter road off the busy Golf Road.

The old location on Tuplin Way. | Image: Supplied

The move initially landed the stop on the Tesco side of the road causing congestion backing onto Golf Road, but has since switched sides. However, Jamie feels the location is still unsafe.

“It was only around the corner but now unluckily for us this has begun to feel like a Russian roulette of who is going to get hurt,” she said.

She described how she had witnessed road rage and revving around the bus as children alight from their journey, some even going the wrong way around the roundabout.

Some children on the bus are under the age of 10 and in many cases need help accessing it or time to pay the bus driver.

“This bus stopping isn’t a quick stop, so cars understandably get impatient especially in peak times like going to work and going home,” said Jamie.

Buses stop close to the exit of the roundabout almost, if not entirely, blocking it off at times. | Image: Supplied

Lincolnshire County Council said it had moved the bus stop following concerns from “a number of residents” in September 2021 about “the volume of traffic using Tuplin Road”.

“To mitigate this, the council worked with the local bus operator to explore other options. From January 2022 the change was implemented and pupils in this area are now picked-up and dropped-off on Peter Chamber’s Way instead of Tuplin Road,” said Nicole Hilton, assistant director for communities at Lincolnshire County Council.

“As a result of initial feedback and observations that were carried out last week by our inspection team, we have now moved the stops to collect on the same side of the road for the morning and the afternoon pick-up and drop-off. This means that the children do not have to cross the road after leaving the bus, alleviating the concerns raised.

“We have also commissioned a further health and safety review at the stop to assess the traffic flow and impact in the area. We will be engaging with the Road Safety Partnership about the findings of this review throughout the process.”

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