10 new Covid mass vaccination centres have opened in England - this is where they are located
A further 10 mass vaccination centres opened across England on Monday 18 January, taking the total in the country to 17.
It comes as people aged 70 and over and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable will begin being offered the coronavirus vaccine this week.
The new mass vaccination sites will help the government roll out the vaccine to more groups on its priority list, helping achieve its target of vaccinating 15 million people in the UK by mid-February.
So, where are the sites and how many people can be vaccinated per day now? This is what you need to know.
Where are the new vaccination sites?
There are 10 new vaccination centres across England, which should allow for 15 million people to be vaccinated by 15 February.
The sites have opened in:
- Park-and-ride at Askham Bar, York
- Bournemouth International Centre, Dorset
- Taunton Racecourse, Somerset
- Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire
- Salt Hill Activity Centre, Berkshire
- Norwich Food Court, Norfolk
- The Lodge in Wickford, Essex
- Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston, Lincolnshire
- St Helens Rugby Ground, Merseyside
- Olympic Office Centre in Wembley, north London
These new hubs will join the seven mass vaccination sites, which opened on 11 January. These sites 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
Boris Johnson has announced the 17 mass vaccination sites should enable a further 1.5 million people across England to be vaccinated in the week commencing 18 January
This is provided that there is sufficient delivery of the vaccine to the centres, and that there is maximum uptake of vaccine appointments by those who are eligible.
By Sunday 24 January, around 5.5 million people should have been vaccinated across the UK.
Who can get a vaccine at a mass vaccination centre?
There are four priority groups who are now able to receive the vaccine. These are:
- Group 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- Group 2: Those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- Group 3: Those 75 years of age and over
- Group 4: Those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
While the vaccine is now available to groups three and four on the priority list, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that those in groups one and two who haven’t received their vaccine are still a priority.
He said: "This measure does not mean our focus on getting care homes, healthcare staff and those aged 80 and over vaccinated is wavering - it will remain our utmost priority over the coming weeks to reach the rest of these groups."
Those who have been invited to receive their vaccine and live up to a 45-minute drive from a mass vaccination centre, will be offered the vaccine at one of the 17 centres, or at a pharmacy site.
The UK Government has now set targets to vaccinate every care home resident by the end of January - and everyone over 70, NHS frontline staff, care workers and anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable by mid-February.
How many people can be vaccinated per day in the UK?
On 18 January, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that in England: "We are now delivering the vaccine at a rate of 140 jabs a minute.
"We have a long way to go and there will doubtless be challenges ahead - but by working together we are making huge progress in our fight against this virus.”
This will be achieved using the 17 mass vaccination sites in England, as well as hundreds more GP-led and hospital services and the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200 sites, according to the NHS England website.
The NHS will aim to vaccinate as many people as possible with their first dose, but people should expect their second dose within 12 weeks of their first.
This is a change in method, as the initial vaccination process was to provide two doses within 21 days of each other.
However, UK vaccine moderator, MHRA, has suggested that giving as many people as possible the first dose is a pragmatic approach to offer some protection to the highest number of people.
The highest level of immunity against the virus starts around seven days after your second dose.
How many people have already been vaccinated?
The government has referred to the Covid vaccine rollout as “the largest vaccination programme in British history", with 3.8 million people having received their first dose already.
This is more than the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began (3.4 million).
The people who have received their first dose are in groups one and two of the vaccine priority list.
Groups three and four are now being invited to receive their first dose from 18 January, in addition to groups one and two.
When will all adults be vaccinated against coronavirus?
The UK Government’s aim is to have 15 million of the UK’s most vulnerable people vaccinated by 15 February - 88% of whom are the people most at risk of dying from the virus.
A further 17 million people should be vaccinated in spring, covering 99% of those most at risk.
Cabinet Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News that all adults will be vaccinated by September, according to the government’s target, but "if we can do it faster than that, then great".