Covid NI: First people to get vaccinated at Limelight this weekend will get free concert ticket

By April Curtin

One of Belfast's iconic music venues will transform into a walk-in vaccine centre this weekend, with free concert tickets for the first people to turn up and get jabbed.

The Limelight on Ormeau Avenue will become Northern Ireland's latest temporary vaccination clinic, and anyone over the age of 16 will be welcome to come and get their first vaccine.

Operated by Belfast Trust vaccinator team, the clinics will be open from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, September 11, and from midday to 6pm on Sunday, September 12.

No appointment is required, but ID will be needed.

The Limelight is co-owned by Shine, the company behind Belsonic music events.

The company recently announced Emerge - a special thank you concert at Ormeau Park to promote vaccination awareness, and acknowledge the impact the pandemic has had on younger people.

Demand for the event has been "huge" according to Joe Dougan from Shine, and all the tickets initially released were "snapped up in minutes."

But some tickets have been held back, he revealed, and the first 200 people who get jabbed at the Limelight each day this weekend will get a free ticket to Emerge at Ormeau Park.

The Shine representative said: "We are pleased to be playing our part in the vaccination programme. We see it as vital to a full and safe return of live music events."

Only people who have been fully vaccinated or have had one jab plus a negative lateral flow test will be able to attend the Emerge concert.

"If you are planning to attend Emerge and haven't had your vaccine yet - pop down to the Limelight this weekend and grab a jab." Joe added.


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