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Update on Testing and Vacicnations

by timpickstone on 17 December, 2020

Bury’s first community vaccination centre opened on Tuesday (15 Dec) at what was the Prestwich Walk-In centre on Fairfax Road.

This is the first of several centres which will be set up across Bury over the coming weeks, in addition to those operating at hospitals for their patients.

Bury residents aged 80 and above who are able to travel will be invited to receive the vaccine. Residents who are eligible for the vaccine will be notified by their GP, either by letter or by phone – people should not turn up or call their GP until they are contacted.

Nationally, the vaccines will initially be given to priority groups identified by scientists and the Government as those who will benefit most – people aged over 80, and residents and staff in care homes – before being rolled out to other groups over the coming months. More details: here.

Testing
At the time of writing, the current guidance is that you should only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one. (Check for the most up to date here).

 You can get tested for coronavirus if:

  • you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you have been told to have a test before you go into hospital (eg for surgery)

Bury has a drive through site, two walk-through sites (all three in Bury), and also there are Department of Health and Social Care sites in Prestwich, Ramsbottom, Whitefield and Radcliffe.

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