Coronavirus vaccine BEGINS: Council building to open as ‘jab centre’ by mid-December

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Charnwood Borough Council, in Leicestershire, is handing over part of its building, which is currently an office, to the Ministry of Defence by mid-December for at least nine months.

The council’s leader Jonathan Morgan said it will act as a vaccination site for “around 185,000 people in the area”.

He told Sky News: “We feel very excited to be at the forefront of this, and as soon as a vaccine is ready, this site will be ready to go.”

It comes as hopes are growing for a coronavirus jab before Christmas.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed volunteers are currently being trained for the rollout.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There is training under way now.

“We’ve changed the law to change the number of clinically qualified people who can vaccinate because this is going to be one of the biggest civilian projects in history.

“It will be led by the NHS, who have of course the annual experience of a mass vaccination programme in flu, and it will involve GPs, it will involve the broader NHS as well, and hospitals.

“We have got this enormous flu vaccination programme and then the likely big numbers, if it comes off, and I stress the ‘if’, will be next year for a Covid vaccine but we still hold out the hope that we might get some going in December this year.”

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