NHS England has announced that more than 30 new NHS Vaccine Centres will start delivering life-saving Covid jabs this week as the health service continues to accelerate the biggest immunisation programme in its history.
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Three of the new large scale sites are located across Devon and Cornwall – these centres will be able to jab thousands of people a week.
In Plymouth, the Mayflower Grandstand has confirmed it will host a mass vaccination centre at Home Park.
Whilst Stithians Showground, near Truro, in Cornwall and Westpoint, near Exeter, in Devon will also be opening in the coming days.
People aged 75 and over are being invited to book a vaccination at the centres or one of more than 70 pharmacy services now operating across the country.
If they cannot or do not want to travel to a Vaccination Centre people can wait to be jabbed by a local GP service or hospital hub.
The new Vaccination Centres will kick off by jabbing mainly health and social care staff tomorrow (Monday, January 25) before opening their doors to more patients on Tuesday.
The NHS vaccinated over 140 people every minute last week and hopes to do more people this week as more becomes available.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said, “I am delighted we are opening even more places for people to get a jab – as of this week there will be almost 50 vaccination centres, more than 250 hospitals hubs and over 1,000 local vaccination service sites, run by GPs and pharmacies right across the country.
“This will enable us to vaccinate as many people as possible in the weeks and months to come and I encourage anyone who has been invited for a free vaccine to come forward and get a jab.
“Remember, with high levels of infection everyone must continue to follow the rules, stay at home and maintain social distancing – even if you have had the vaccine.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has thanked NHS staff for the vaccination roll out so far but has reminded the public that now is not the time to “drop our guard”.
“Through the vaccines delivery plan, we have made outstanding progress in vaccinating our NHS and care staff and the most vulnerable people in society.
“My utmost thanks go out to everyone in the NHS and all our volunteers who have worked round the clock to make this happen.
“We must not drop our guard. While the vaccine can prevent severe disease, we do not know if it stops you from passing on the virus to others, and it takes time to develop immunity after a jab, so for now, everyone must continue to stay at home to help bring down infections and protect the NHS.”