A mobile vaccination unit will be set up in Lincoln temporarily to help with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The vaccination bus will be in the car park of Bridge Central, on the corner of Portland Street and Charles Street, starting on Saturday, June 19 between 12pm and 3pm.

It will be in place for the next four Saturdays (12pm-3pm), allowing anyone who has not yet had their first dose, and is eligible to do so, to get jabbed without booking.

The vaccination bus will be at Bridge Central car park in Lincoln. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The bus will be provided by St John Ambulance with staff from local GP practices providing the vaccinations, all set up by NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

There will be translation services available at the site, and a dedicated team are on hand to answer any questions the public have.

It comes after Lincolnshire recently hit the milestone of 500,000 first jabs being administered, along with around 380,000 second doses.

Senior ministers have agreed to delay the last stage of lockdown by four weeks as coronavirus numbers continue to rise across the UK.

The latest figures show there have been 387 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Lincolnshire last week and two deaths — compared to just 197 cases (96% week on week increase) and one death the previous week.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard over the weekend recorded 66 new cases in Lincolnshire, 38 in North East Lincolnshire and eight in North Lincolnshire.

No further deaths were added on to the government’s public health figures. NHS England does not update its figures over weekends currently.

Nationally COVID cases increased to 4,565,813 with 7,490 of those on Sunday while deaths rose to 127,904.

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus case date up to June 14.

Sources in the government have told the BBC that senior members of the government have agreed to the delay of easing current restrictions until July 19, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to hold a press conference at 6pm.

It means the legal limits on social contact would remain, while nightclubs will stay closed and capacity limits at sports, pubs and cinemas will stay in place.

A number of health experts have called for the delay so that more people can be vaccinated and receive their second doses as cases of the Delta (Indian) variant increase.

Boris Johnson will speak later on Monday.

Health minister Edward Agar said there had been a “concerning increase” and that hospitalisation numbers were “beginning to creep up”.

Sky News has reported that the PM will plead for “one last heave” from the public when he announces the delay later.

It is understood extra support for businesses could be included in the announcement.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Sunday, June 13

Greater Lincolnshire includes Lincolnshire and the unitary authorities of North and North East (Northern) Lincolnshire.

61,183 cases (up 112)

  • 42,414 in Lincolnshire (up 66)
  • 9,823 in North Lincolnshire (up eight)
  • 8,946 in North East Lincolnshire (up 38)

2,197 deaths (no change)

  • 1,622 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 307 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 268 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,311 hospital deaths (no change)

  • 816 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 41 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 453 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

4,565,813 UK cases, 127,904 deaths

DATA SOURCE — FIGURES CORRECT AT THE TIME OF the latest update. postcode data includes deaths not in healthcare facilities or in hospitals outside authority boundaries.

More than half a million people in Lincolnshire have now been given at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and there were celebrations in place for the person who hit the milestone.

The 500,000th first dose vaccination was administered to Ruth Granby at the large centre in Boston, the Princess Royal Sports Arena, on Friday, June 11.

The site is the largest vaccination centre in Lincolnshire, and has capacity to provide around 1,500 doses every day.

It opened on Monday, January 18 to help deliver the national coronavirus vaccine rollout, alongside centres in Lincoln, Grantham and beyond.

Ruth Granby received flowers from Rebecca Neno, deputy chief nurse at NHS Lincolnshire CCG, for being the 500,000th person in the county to be given a first dose. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite caught up with Ruth Granby, the 500,000th person to be given their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and she said it was a “surreal” feeling, but above all else she was just relieved to get it done.

Rebecca Neno, deputy chief nurse at NHS Lincolnshire CCG, vowed she “won’t rest until the job is done”, after the county reached the impressive milestone.

We also spoke to a couple of volunteers and staff members at the PRSA, and they both sang the praises of the “team effort” and positive atmosphere at the centre.

A total of 380,000 second doses of the vaccine have also been administered, meaning the county is getting closer to hitting one million vaccinations.

The moment Ruth Granby got her COVID-19 vaccination. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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