10 more vaccine 'super-hubs' opening this week – full list of locations released


Ten more Covid vaccine “super-hubs” will be opening their doors in England this week.

The mass vaccination centres will take the number now operating to 17, with new locations including Blackburn, York, Norwich and St Helens.

These hubs will help roll out the Covid vaccine to more than a million over-80s this week as thousands more receive their invite for the jab.

NHS England said they joined the seven existing mass vaccination sites across the country, alongside a thousand GP-led surgeries and more than 250 hospitals already providing jabs.

There are plans for there to be 50 vaccine “super-hubs” in England when they are all up and running.

It comes as the Government urged the public to “play their part” in supporting “the largest vaccination programme in British history”, including helping the elderly attend their appointments.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged people to commit to three pledges to “help out”, “join up” and “stay informed” during ongoing efforts to vaccinate, run clinical trials and share accurate health advice.

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Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock is has said there will eventually be 50 mass vaccination centres open in England

People aged 80 or over, who live up to a 45-minute drive from a centre, are being offered the choice of arranging a jab at one of the 17, or at a pharmacy site through the national booking service.

Anyone not wanting to travel can wait to be contacted by their GP-led vaccination service or hospital.

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Some 641,000 invitations were sent out to last week and another 380,000 were due to land on people’s doormats this weekend.

Another half a million letters will go out this week, NHS England said.



St Helens rugby ground
St Helens rugby ground will be a Covid vaccine hub



Blackburn Cathedral will be a vaccine centre
Blackburn Cathedral will be a vaccine centre

NHS England said the new centres would be able to administer “thousands” of jabs a week, scaling operations up and down according to vaccine supplies.

It will also mean at least one centre is located in each health region and ensures that rural parts of the country like Boston in Lincolnshire and Norwich are within reach of one.

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said the NHS vaccination programme had got off to a “strong start” with more than three million vaccinated, including “more than a third of those aged 80 or over”.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), around 45% of those aged 80 and over in England have been vaccinated.

Marion Teulon, 67, a nurse at the new Blackburn Cathedral site, urged people not to arrive early for appointments.



Askham Bar Park & Ride near York
Askham Bar Park & Ride near York



Norwich
Norwich will host a vaccine ‘super-hub’

“I know how eager people are to be protected and while it is important that people turn up on time, the last thing we want is people waiting unnecessarily in the cold so people should avoid arriving early and stick to their allocated slot,” she said.

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Meanwhile, the public is being urged to continue practising social distancing and following coronavirus-related government guidance.

DHSC said people could back “the national effort” by committing to the Government’s pledges request.

The department said they can “help out” through supporting family and friends attend vaccine appointments or becoming an NHS volunteer responder, and “join up” to Covid-19 treatment clinical trials.

People can also help others “stay informed” by sharing accurate NHS advice and being alert for Covid vaccine scams.

Mr Hancock said: “Throughout this pandemic, I have been in awe of how much the British public has contributed to the fight against the virus. I want to thank everyone for the time, effort and patience they have put in to keep themselves and others safe.

“We recognise that so many people want to support our NHS so health and care workers can continue to save lives, and now is your chance to get involved by helping the remaining people aged 80 and over get their jabs.

“I urge everyone, no matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from, to come forward and take on our three pledges.

“Everyone has a part to play in this national effort – to protect our NHS, our loved ones and other people’s loved ones too.”


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The 10 new centres opening from Monday are:

  • Bournemouth International Centre on the south coast
  • Taunton Racecourse in Somerset
  • Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire
  • Salt Hill Activity Centre in Slough, Berkshire
  • Norwich Food Court in Norfolk
  • The Lodge in Wickford, Essex
  • Princess Royal Sports Arena in Lincolnshire
  • St Helens Rugby Ground in Merseyside
  • The park-and-ride at Askham Bar in York
  • Olympic Office Centre in Wembley, north London
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Seven existing vaccine ‘super-hubs’

  • Ashton Gate football stadium in Bristol
  • Epsom racecourse in Surrey
  • The Excel Centre where London’s Nightingale hospital is based
  • Newcastle’s Centre for Life
  • The Manchester Tennis and Football Centre
  • Robertson House in Stevenage
  • Birmingham’s Millennium Point


A vaccination hub has been set up Millennium Point centre in Birmingham
A vaccination hub has already been set up Millennium Point centre in Birmingham

Also, this morning, the Sunday Times reports that a “Cabinet deal” has been done to approve a three-point plan for lifting coronavirus restrictions from early March.

The paper also believes ministers had been considering new border measures – including the creation of quarantine hotels and using technology to ensure people isolate.

And the Sunday Telegraph reports that ministers are hoping that every adult in Britain might be vaccinated by the end of June after jab delivery accelerates to five million a week.

Senior government figures are reportedly growing more optimistic about the vaccine rollout and believe everyone over-18 may get the crucial jab in the next five months.

There were another 1,295 deaths in the UK were reported on Saturday, the third-highest daily total since the pandemic began, but the lowest number of lab-confirmed cases this year was reported – 41,346.

The figures will be seen as a sign that infections may be levelling off or falling as a result of the lockdown measures, though scientists believe the peak in deaths will come later.





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