THOUSANDS of lifesaving jabs will be rolled out at vaccination super hubs — like the one visited yesterday by The Sun on Sunday.
The doors will open to the public at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne tomorrow as the Government aims to offer 15million vulnerable people the jab by mid-February.
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We had a sneak preview of the massive national effort as frontline healthcare staff and social care workers lined up for their inoculation.
Nurses wearing protective visors and overalls prepared doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
An initial 130,000 jab invitations to people aged 80 or over — who live between 30 and 45 minutes away from one of the seven super hubs opening this week — should have arrived this weekend.
NHS England say a further 500,000 are due in the next week.
The six other sites are at Ashton Gate football ground in Bristol, Epsom racecourse in Surrey, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, London’s ExCel centre, Robertson House in Stevenage, Herts, and Birmingham’s Millennium Point.
A 16-strong team took just two hours to administer 350 doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine at ten care homes in the Ribble Valley, Lancs.
Resident Lily Perrin, who had the jab in Sawley, was anxious about it. But afterwards she was delighted and said it was painless.
Meanwhile, half a million extra jabs could take place each week if more pharmacies could administer the Oxford inoculation, the Government has been told.
Senior figures from the industry held talks with Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi this week about signing up more chemists.
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