'Get a booster with a bhaji' as curry house becomes first eatery to offer jabs

Punters waiting for a curry can now choose between pappadums and a pop-up vaccine clinic in the UK’s first restaurant to offer Covid jabs.

A temporary NHS site has been set up in the flagship Bradford branch of the MyLahore chain of British-Asian eateries.

It’s not the first unusual spot for a pop-up clinic, which have been installed at the likes of Christmas markets, racecources, fire stations and even a steam museum as part of the accelerated booster jab drive.

Organisers hope the scheme will reach people who might not otherwise have come forward for a booster or their first two doses.

Medical professionals will be available to discuss the benefits of the treatment.

Ishfaq Farooq, director of MyLahore, said: ‘Alongside the NHS, we all have a part to play in the race to protect people from Omicron, which is why we’ve decided to put on this clinic for our customers, alongside the opportunity to talk to clinical experts so that they can get trusted information beforehand.

‘I’m urging people from all communities who are now ready to get vaccinated to come forward and have your Covid-19 vaccine so we can keep our families safe.’

Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said: ‘This is a fantastic initiative from the team at MyLahore restaurant and a testament to the community spirit of people in Bradford and across the country, pulling together for our national mission to get all eligible adults boosted in time for the New Year.

‘It is wonderful to see pop-up vaccination sites opening at other popular locations in the UK, making it easier than ever to Get Boosted Now. Please, do not delay – book your lifesaving booster jab to secure vital protection for yourself and your loved ones.’

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: ‘Omicron cases are worryingly high so there is no reason to delay – if you haven’t done so you should get boosted now.

‘NHS staff are putting on new sites all the time to make it as convenient as possible – you can even pick up a booster with a bhaji in Bradford.’

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