Theme park to offer Covid jabs to thrill-seekers – but they’ll have to wait to enjoy the rides

Covid vaccines are to be offered at a theme park in a bid to boost take-up – but people will be told to wait 15 minutes after getting jabbed to enjoy the rides. 

People visiting Thorpe Park, in Surrey, on Thursday will be able to get their first or second vaccination before riding a rollercoaster.

The park’s pop-up clinic, offering Pfizer jabs, is also an attempt to target seasonal workers amid concern about low levels of vaccine take-up among young adults.

Vaccines will be on offer to anyone who has not yet taken up the offer of one, with second doses for those who are eligible.

The latest figures suggest that 66.4 per cent of people aged 18 to 29 in England have taken up the offer of a first jab.

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Dr Nikki Kanani, the NHS England medical director for primary care and the deputy senior responsible officer for the NHS Covid vaccination programme, said: "As the NHS’s success helps the country get back to normal, we know that people – and particularly young people – are leading busier lives.

"So whether you are queuing for the Colossus or staffing the ice cream kiosk, we are making getting a jab as easy as possible.

"Thorpe Park is just the latest pop-up clinic and so I would urge anyone yet to get their vaccine to come forward and attend a walk-in site, or book online – it remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones."

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said: "From historic sites such as the British Science Museum, to huge entertainment events like Latitude Festival, we have worked to ensure the Covid-19 vaccine is easily accessible.

"This new pop-up clinic at Thorpe Park is a fantastic opportunity for theme park enthusiasts, young people and families to get a vaccine while they enjoy a day out."

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