Another 33 mass Covid vaccination centres open TODAY – where is your nearest?
A FURTHER 33 vaccination sites are opening from today in the race to get Brits jabbed against Covid.
The new centres will mean there is a network of 50 mass vaccination sites across England, delivering thousands of doses per day.
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Where are the new vaccination sites?
- 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, Dudley
- 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
- Grafton Centre, Cambridge
Where are the other mass vaccination sites?
On January 18, the following sites opened:
- Bournemouth International Centre, Dorset
- Taunton Racecourse, Somerset
- Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire
- Slough Salt Hill Activity Centre, Berkshire
- Norwich Food Court, Norfolk
- The Lodge in Wickford, Essex
- Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston, Lincolnshire
- St Helens Rugby Ground, Merseyside
- Park-and-ride at Askham Bar, York
- Olympic Office Centre, Wembley
The first seven to open on January 11 were:
- Robertson House in Stevenage
- ExCel Centre in London
- Centre for Life in Newcastle
- Etihad Tennis Centre in Manchester
- Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey
- Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol
- Millennium Point in Birmingham
One of the chosen sites is The Black Country Living Museum, made famous as a set for hit TV drama Peaky Blinders.
The Victorian-era heritage site, which has previously been used as a backdrop for the BBC show, has been described as a “game-changer” for Dudley and the surrounding area.
Other locations opening their doors to help deliver the Government’s national Covid-19 vaccination rollout from today include a race course, a show ground, a football stadium and a former Ikea store.
The new vaccination centres will be focusing on offering jabs to health and social care staff on Monday, before opening their doors to other priority patients on Tuesday.
NHS England said hundreds of thousands of letters have already been sent out to people over the age of 80, who are top of the priority list for getting jabbed.
Those eligible for a vaccine will receive a letter and should not contact the NHS.
You cannot get a vaccine just by turning up, and those given a time slot are asked not to arrive early to prevent queues and overcrowding.
As well as the 50 vaccination sites, there are also 70 pharmacies offering the jab, as well as more than 1,000 GP surgeries and 250 hospitals.
How do you get your vaccine?
Letters sent to those who qualify to have the vaccine give details on how to book your jab in each area.
Many will be expecting their letter if they know they are at high risk.
But the NHS says you might not receive your letter straight away.
You also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The letters explain how the slots can be booked through the national booking service online or over the phone.
To start the booking process you can follow the link sent to you on your letter.
It will not be possible to use the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service if you have not received an invitation letter.
As of January 24, 6.3 million people had received their first dose of the vaccine across the UK.
The UK is edging nearer the target of hitting almost 14 million first doses by mid-February when it's planned for the top four priority groups to be covered.
On Saturday, almost half a million (491,970) jabs were given out in 24 hours.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Yesterday, 491,970 vaccines were administered across the UK, taking the total number of first doses to 6,353,321.
“As we accelerate the vaccine roll-out, it’s vital we all stay at home to suppress this virus.
“We will get through this, together.”
Mr Hancock has said that, as of Sunday morning, three quarters of all people over 80 in the UK have been vaccinated.
“(This) is absolutely brilliant progress,” he said, speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday.
“Similar number of care homes, around three quarters and in fact we’ve vaccinated more people in just the last three days than France has in the entire history of this disease.”
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi welcomed the figures but said there was “much more to do”.
The government hopes there will be capacity to deliver at least 2million jabs in England per week by the end of January.
And ministers had pledged to offer all adults a vaccine by the autumn.
Meanwhile, the UK's Covid vaccine hotspots have been revealed, with one in eight adults having already received a jab in some areas.
Gloucestershire has the highest rate of vaccinations for over 18s – with 12.2 per cent having received the first dose.
The region also has the highest percentage of over 80s receiving a dose, with 85.3 per cent.
At the other end of the scale, London is lagging behind.
In East London, just 4.5 per cent of adults have been given the jab, while only five per cent of over 18s in North West London have received it.
In Wales, only 4.8 per cent of over 18s have been at least partly vaccinated, and in Scotland 5.8 per cent have.
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