MORE residents are coming forward to receive vaccinations in Bolton as concerns over the Indian variant of Covid-19 grow.

Dr Helen Wall, clincial lead of the borough's vaccination programme, revealed that people came forward over the weekend who perhaps had been reluctant to get the jab when they were first invited to do so. 

She said that more than 6,200 vaccines were administered in the area over the weekend. 

Long qeues of people were seen waiting for vaccines across the borough.

Dr Wall told BBC Breakfast: “We’re seeing people coming forward that clearly had the option to have the jab for some time – older people, disabled people – and they’ve chosen to come forward now.

“I think in part that’s because we brought this into the community as a trusted place, but also the things that are going on in Bolton are quite worrying for people and I think that’s given some push to people coming forward now for the vaccine.”

She said before the weekend there were around 10,000 people in the area in the highest priority groups – those deemed to be clinically vulnerable and the over-50s – who were yet to be vaccinated, but added: “I’m hoping that we’ve made a big dent into that now”.