UK opens seven covid vaccination centres as mortuaries reach capacity
London, Jan. 11, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Seven mass vaccination centres are set to open across England, including a football stadium, a tennis club and a race course.
They are due to open on January 11, meaning thousands more people will get the jab this week.
The vaccine plan will be unveiled after the UK recorded more than 80,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In Surrey, which has one of the highest infection rates in the country, a temporary mortuary has been opened as hospital mortuaries have reached capacity.
Almost 200 bodies are being stored at the emergency site, which is a former military hospital, and other local authorities have told the BBC they expect to open similar facilities soon
The seven new England vaccine centres opening are: Ashton Gate in Bristol, Epsom racecourse in Surrey, the Excel Centre where London’s Nightingale hospital is based, Newcastle’s Centre for Life, the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, Robertson House in Stevenage and Birmingham’s Millennium Point.
The locations were chosen to give a geographical spread covering as many people as possible, NHS England said.
The new centres will be joined later in the week by hundreds more GP-led and hospital services along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200, NHS England said.
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England national medical director, said the ramping up of vaccination sites would help ‘protect even more people’.
The mass vaccine sites will each be capable of delivering thousands of vaccinations each week and could increase their operations according to vaccine supplies and demand, NHS England said.
The Government is aiming to vaccinate almost 14 million vulnerable people – including the over-80s, care home residents and health and care staff – by the middle of February.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said they are on course to meet the target, with over 200,000 people being vaccinated every day in England and a third of over-80s already jabbed. Source