Covid: Seven mass vaccination hubs announced for England

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Epsom Racecourse in Surrey will be one of seven mass vaccination hubs announced by the government

Seven new mass Covid vaccination hubs across England have been announced by the government.

Centres in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Surrey and Stevenage are due to begin operations next week.

Various venues will be converted into regional centres in a bid to meet the government's target of vaccinating 14 million people in the UK by February.

It is expected the hubs will be staffed by NHS staff and volunteers.

The seven sites announced by Downing Street are:

  • Etihad Tennis Centre, Manchester
  • Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey
  • Robertson House, Stevenage
  • Centre for Life, Newcastle
  • Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
  • Millennium Point, Birmingham
  • ExCel, London
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Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol City FC, will be used to help the government meet its vaccination target

Supermarket chain Morrisons has confirmed car parks at its stores in Yeovil, Wakefield and Winsford would be used to drive-through vaccinations from Monday. It has also offered an additional 47 sites to the government.

Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has also offered the use of its stadium to the NHS as a venue to provide the coronavirus vaccine.

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The sites across England will begin operations next week