Matt Hancock discusses possible coronavirus vaccine passports
The Government has opened 33 new mass vaccination centres on Monday in the race to get Brits jabbed as quickly as possibly. The new centres mean there is a network of 50 vaccination hubs across the country, delivering thousands of jabs a day. One of the chosen sites is the Black Country Living Museum, made famous as the set for hit TV drama Peaky Blinders.
Other locations opening up to vaccines include a racecourse, a showground, a football stadium and a former Ikea store.
The new centres will be focusing on offering vaccines to health and social workers on Monday, before opening their doors to other priority groups on Tuesday.
NHS England said hundreds of thousands of letters have already been deployed to those aged 80 and over, who are at the top of the priority list for vaccines.
Those eligible for the immunisation will get a letter come through from the health service and should not contact them before this.
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As of January 24, 6.3million Brits had received their first dose of the vaccine.
The UK is getting closer to hitting its target of almost 14 million first doses by mid-February when the Government aims to cover the top four priority groups.
On Saturday, almost half a million vaccines were given out in the space of just 24 hours.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Yesterday, 491,970 vaccines were administered across the UK, taking the total number of first doses to 6,352,321.
“As we accelerate the vaccine roll-out, it’s vital we all stay at home to suppress the virus. We will get through this together.”
Mr Hancock said, as of Sunday morning, three-quarters of all people over 80 had been successfully vaccinated.
He said: “This is absolutely brilliant progress. Similar number of care homes, around three quitters, 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 new figures but admitted there was still “much more to do”.
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Full list of new vaccine sites
Bath and West Showground, Somerset
Salisbury City Hall
Home Park – Plymouth Argyle FC
Stithians Showground, Truro, Cornwall
Westpoint Centre ltd, Devon
Peterborough City Care Centre
Harlow Leisure zone, Essex
Redgrave children’s centre, Luton
Gainsborough Sports Centre, Ipswich
Hornsey Central Neighbourhood health centre, Crouch End
Westfield Stratford, 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
Artix Centre, Bromsgrove
Royal Pavilion, Moulton Park, Northampton
Former Wickes store, Mansfield
Telford International Centre
Units G, H and I, Daniels Platt business park, Staffordshire
FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Spectrum Community Health CIC, Wakefield
Oxford Kassam Stadium
Southampton CCG offices
Blackpool winter gardens
Lancaster Town Hall
Grafton Centre, Cambridge
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