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London superclub Heaven will join a music festival and train station this weekend in becoming the latest iconic sites to take part in the NHS COVID vaccination programme, the largest and fastest in health service history.
The famous nightclub based in Charing Cross has hosted a number of A-list acts, including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Pet Shop Boys, and will on Sunday offer life-saving COVID jabs.
Visitors will be able to get their first dose of Pfizer between midday and 9pm. There will also be small numbers of AstraZeneca doses available for those due their second jab.
It comes as the NHS continues to reach the heart of local communities with walk-in sites and pop-up clinics across the country, including Gateways Festival in North Yorkshire, which will be headlined by bands like Razorlight and Feeder, as well as Birmingham New Street Station and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.
More than 2,000 sites have already taken part in the NHS COVID vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history and fastest in the world, which has delivered more than 71 million doses, jabbing nine in 10 adults.
NHS medical director of primary care and deputy lead for the NHS vaccination programme, Dr Nikki Kanani, said: “The NHS vaccination programme has been hugely successful and walk-in sites have proven to be one of most effective ways for the NHS to improve uptake among local communities and it is fantastic to see nightclubs joining football stadiums, festivals and theme parks in reaching new sections of society who have yet to have their first dose.
“While thousands of people continue to come forward every week, we must not forget that there are more than 5,000 people who are seriously ill in hospital with COVID and more than a fifth of those are young people – the vaccine remains our single best defence against COVID and I would encourage anyone yet to take up the offer of a vaccine to attend one of the many walk-in sites across the country this weekend.”
Other sites offering jabs this weekend include Manchester’s Chinatown, Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre and Moses Gate Country Park in Bolton.
More than 10 million people have been jabbed across the capital, which has hosted pop-up clinics at attractions like the Science Museum, Tate Modern and Wembley Stadium in addition to the hundreds of hubs at hospitals, pharmacies and GP sites delivering the jab on a daily basis.
Joe Nguyen, Westminster Borough Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Heaven Nightclub to get more people vaccinated. There are many nights out to make up for, but let’s do it safely – join us on Sunday and get vaccinated at Heaven.”
So far, more than 71 million doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered by the NHS since Margaret Keenan received the first jab outside of a clinical trial in Coventry last December.
The NHS is texting adults to remind them to bring forward their second jab forward to eight weeks, in line with updated JCVI guidance.
People who attended a walk-in clinic for their first dose will have their vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in their second dose appointment using the national booking system.
Anybody who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.