In an effort to continue the vaccine rollout at great pace, in particular ahead of 'Freedom Day' approaching this coming Monday, several vaccine pop-up clinics will be opening at spots targeting young people, including the likes of Primark. Yes, the cheapest shop on the high street will now not only be available for inexpensive furniture, pants and Harry Potter merch, but for a dose of the vaccine as well.
The move announced by NHS England said that shoppers in Bristol can head to the Primark in the Broadmead Shopping Centre for their first dose, and up in Leeds, the Primark based in the Trinity retail centre will also have a similar scheme in place.
It's not only shops that these new pop-up clinics will be making an appearance in though - the Tate Modern art gallery in London will also be housing a stash of the vaccines and putting on a DJ, who is said to be hitting the decks to keep the anticipated crowds amused whilst they wait for their shot.
Given reports that this weekend is set to be an especially warm one, vaccine one-stop-shops are also setting up on Greenwich Park in London and Liverpool’s Sefton Park.
NHS staffers and volunteers will be primed and ready to offer jabs at sporting venues over the weekend too, with plans to be in attendance at the Oval cricket ground and The British Open golfing championship in Sandwich, Kent.
Dr Nikki Kanani, the NHS medical director for primary care, said of the last-minute push to encourage more jabs, "You can pop into Primark, enjoy the sun in the park, and explore the art at the Tate, while also protecting yourself and your loved ones by getting a vaccine this weekend.
"From high street shops to mosques and sports grounds, our incredible staff together with our wonderful volunteers are doing all they can to make sure it is easier than ever for people, particularly young adults, to get protected."
Dr Kanani added, "We have made phenomenal progress so far, as part of the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in our history, with more than half of people aged 18 to 29 having already had their first vaccine and over 29 million adults have received vital protection.
"As we approach 19 July, there has never been a more important time to get your first vaccine, it not only protects you and your family but also your friends and those around you."
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