More than 30 new NHS Vaccine Centres will start delivering COVID-19 jabs this week as the health service continues to accelerate the biggest immunisation programme in its history. The new Vaccination Centres will start by vaccinating mainly health and social care staff, before opening their doors to more patients on Tuesday 26 January.
The Black Country Living Museum, where the BBC filmed the hit drama Peaky Blinders, is among the new sites as well as former IKEA store at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, London. The Francis Crick Institute, which is also in the capital, the Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland and the Blackpool Winter Gardens will also be Vaccination Centres. The latest openings mean there will be a network of almost 50 across the country.
People aged 75 and over are being invited to book a vaccination at the centres or one of more than 70 pharmacy services now operating across the country. If they cannot or do not want to travel to a Vaccination Centre people can wait to be vaccinated by a local GP service or hospital hub. There are more than 1,000 GP services and more than 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “I am delighted we are opening even more places for people to get a jab – as of this week there will be almost 50 vaccination centres, more than 250 hospitals hubs and over 1,000 local vaccination service sites, run by GPs and pharmacies right across the country.
“This will enable us to vaccinate as many people as possible in the weeks and months to come and I encourage anyone who has been invited for a free vaccine to come forward and get a jab.
“Remember, with high levels of infection everyone must continue to follow the rules, stay at home and maintain social distancing – even if you have had the vaccine.”
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive said: “The whole of the NHS has mobilised to set about delivering this huge COVID vaccination programme, and as more supply becomes available, we’re able to expand its reach and scale.”
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director said: “These new centres provide another option for people invited for their jabs, alongside the fantastic work of local GPs. Having visited many of these vaccine sites over the last few weeks, I’ve seen how much getting vaccinated means to those who are jabbed, their families and loved ones – and also to NHS staff who have to deal with the terrible consequences of this virus.”
The 32 new sites opening from Monday 25 January are:
- Bath and West Showground, Somerset
- Bath Racecourse
- Salisbury City Hall
- Home Park – Plymouth Argyle FC
- Stithians Showground, Truro, Cornwall
- Westpoint Centre ltd, Devon
- Peterborough City Care Centre
- Harlow Leisurezone, Essex
- Redgrave Children’s Centre, Luton
- Gainsborough Sports Centre, Ipswich
- Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre, Crouch End
- Westfield Stratford City- old Ikea and Dwell retail unit
- The Francis Crick Institute
- Hawks Road Health Clinic, Kingston, London
- Black Country Living Museum
- Peepul Centre, Leicester
- Hall 1, Stoneleigh Park Agricultural Centre, Warwickshire
- Derby Arena
- Artix Centre, Bromsgrove
- Royal Pavilion, Moulton Park, Nortants
- Former Wickes Store, Mansfield
- Telford International Centre
- Units G,H & I, Daniel Platts Business Park, Staffs
- FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
- Spectrum Community Health CIC, Wakefield
- Sunderland Nightingale
- Brighton Centre
- Debenhams, Folkestone
- Oxford Kassam Stadium
- Southampton CCG Offices
- Blackpool Winter Gardens
- Lancaster Town Hall