Neil Warnock backs next Boro Bus ‘Grab a Jab’ day as two more dates added

Middlesbrough manager, Neil Warnock, has expressed his pride and support for the club’s involvement with vaccinating hundreds of young people in Teesside.

In partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Council and the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Boro’s charity foundation bus was converted into an on-the-spot mobile vaccination unit.

Roughly 500 people, mainly aged 18 to 39, received their vaccines over two days in Redcar and Skelton.

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“I’m very proud of the football club being able to play a part in this.

“To have our home stadium as a vaccination centre, and to be able to work with the NHS and the local community via the MFC Foundation health bus is terrific.

“The pandemic has been very hard for a lot of people and anything at all that contributes in the fight against this virus has my full support,” Neil Warnock said.

Zak getting his jab on the Boro Bus
Zak getting his jab on the Boro Bus
(Image: Redcar & Cleveland Council)

After the bus’ success on Wednesday, August 4, in South Bank, the Boro Bus will be back again in two locations for people to get their jabs, with no appointment required.

“I’m pleased and proud that we can play a part in some way, particularly for the people of our area.

“I’ve had the vaccine myself, and I’d urge everyone to follow suit as soon as they get the opportunity, because the quicker everyone is able to get it, the quicker we can hopefully start to move on and get back to life as we know it,” Neil said.

Redcar & Cleveland Council has teamed up with the MFC Foundation and both Eston and Redcar Coastal Primary Care Networks to provide a mobile vaccination unit.

People aged 18 to 39 are welcome to come and receive their first vaccination, or their second providing it has been at least eight weeks since their first.

The locations are Redcar High Street on Wednesday, August 11 between 9am and 6:45pm, and Tesco car park on Trunk Road, South Bank, on Friday, August 13 from 9am to 6:45pm.

The operation has been supported by volunteers from St. John Ambulance and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Welfare, Cllr Steve Kay said: “To hear that such a significant number of our young residents came and got themselves vaccinated last week was excellent news.

“It was a fantastic couple of days and the team at Skelton and Redcar were over the moon.

“Being double vaccinated is the best way these young people can protect themselves, their families and the most vulnerable in our communities – not to mention the NHS.

“Every single vaccine we had was used up, and we hope to see a similar level of success on the next date.”

No appointment is necessary for people over 17 years and nine months, and under 40 years old, in need of the first or second Pfizer vaccine.

Leader of the Council, Mary Lanigan added: “The success of these two days was phenomenal.

“We are pushing to continue with the bus to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as we can.”

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