The inhabitants of a town in Cornwall finally have a “permanent” vaccination center, after months of kilometers traveled for Covid injections.
Falmouth’s new vaccination clinic opened this week, before local business leaders expect a busy tourist season.
Until now, townspeople had to either use pop-up locations or travel to Stithians – which is about eight miles from the city and a 45-minute journey by public transport.
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Now, residents of Falmouth only need to travel to Moor for the Jab Clinic, which is now in the Atherton Suit, Old Post Office, in the town center.
It’s open now, with residents able to book a jab through the NHS reservation service.
Walk-in service will also be available, with constantly updated information on opening times available here.
The clinic will be open four days a week.
As well as being a convenience for city dwellers, the local business improvement district and Falmouth City Council are hoping that a fully stung population will reduce staff shortages mid-term, Easter and beyond.
Richard Wilcox, Director of Falmouth BID, said: “The added pressure from the virus continues to hit us all in different ways and we have all come together in Falmouth time and time again to come up with forward-looking strategies and practical solutions.
“We are already planning a busy February semester and Easter for our business community and to ensure current staff shortages and challenges are minimized as much as possible, we urge everyone to come forward to get their first and second doses and boosters as soon as possible. “
Mr Wilcox added that a “huge” amount of work between Falmouth BID and city council has taken place to open the clinic.
He added : “[It] will be crucial in Falmouth’s mission to be a fully operational tourist destination when the vital commercial period unfolds in just a few weeks. “
The Falmouth Cities team, made up of BID and City Council, also helped provide lateral flow testing to local businesses during the current wave of Covid.
In addition to this, the partnership has also ordered Falmouth-branded hand sanitizer, cleaning stations and other Covid-related materials to promote safety during the pandemic.
A spokesperson for the group added that the city team had also recruited waders and actors during the busy months to encourage everyone to distance themselves socially and to remind everyone to stay as safe as possible.
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