My name is Jane Scattergood, I'm the Covid Vaccination Director for Lancashire and South Cumbria.
I'd like to talk about the queues that we experienced at Blackburn Cathedral over the weekend and I would like to offer an apology to everybody who was affected by that.
It is really difficult to stand in the cold in January especially when we have been contacting the elderly and the vulnerable. I'm really sorry that this happened.
We've worked really hard to make progress, we have improved patient flow, we have changed the way people walk through the building, get their health screening and get their vaccination in a safe way.
We have put up extra accomodation outside that is heated but the whole plan of the system of vaccination is that you come, you get registered, you get your health screening and you flow through the building and out.
We've put in these extra measures and I'm really pleased to say that it is working brilliantly now. People are arriving, being checked, getting their vaccine and exiting
the building within about 20 to 25 minutes and that is really good and really positive.
We want to make sure that we can vaccinate as many people as rapidly as possible just to find that perfect point where people can flow through the building well and we maximise the number of vaccinations but we don't overload the system.
Thank you for your patience and once again I'm really sorry if you experienced those queues.