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Boots to open three Covid vaccination sites with more on the way

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Boots have announced they are opening vaccination sites to help with the drive to inoculate two million people per week in the UK – with plans to roll out such sites at locations across the UK.

The high street chemist has revealed plans to offer the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab at stores in three locations from this month in a boost to the fight against Covid-19.

Supermarket chain Tesco have also announced plans to assist in the roll out with the “game changer” vaccination – devised and approved by British scientists.

Boots have announced vaccination sites in Halifax, Huddersfield and Gloucester – with plans for more sites to open soon.

Boots already have experience of administering vaccinations – with an estimated 1 million per year inoculations dished out by the chain.

A spokesman told the PA news agency: "Boots has extensive knowledge and experience of mass vaccination (having completed over a million flu vaccinations last year, for example) and we have developed a model for Covid-19 vaccination that is aligned with our exceptional safety, clinical and operational standards.

"We stand ready to do much more and our national network of pharmacy expertise is prepped to support the NHS and the Government to accelerate the rollout of the vaccine."

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Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that Tesco are also offering services to help with the speedy and safe delivery of the vaccine.

The supermarket giant's subsidiary Best Food Logistics, is said to be offering use of refrigerator lorries and warehouses to move and store the vials.

The welcome news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed one million UK citizens have already been vaccinated since the Pfizer vaccine began being administered last month.

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He told The Andrew Marr show on Sunday that 530,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be delivered to approximately 540 GP vaccination sites and 101 hospital sites on Monday.

A Government spokesman said: "The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery plan and the vaccine is being rolled out as quickly as doses can be supplied and quality checked, with over a million people already vaccinated right across the UK.

"We have long recognised the importance of vaccine manufacturing, having announced an innovation centre in 2018 and invested £93 million earlier this year to rapidly accelerate its construction alongside establishing a rapid deployment facility to begin production ahead of the centre opening." 

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