Hundreds of vaccine centres to open for people with no appointment this weekend

Hundreds of walk-in NHS Covid-19 vaccination centres will be opening their doors this weekend — allowing any adult to turn up and ‘grab a jab’.

No booking in advance is needed at the sites, which include football stadiums, theatres, supermarket car parks and shopping centres.

Sports venues include Vertu Motors Arena, the home of Newcastle Eagles basketball team; Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham; Watford’s Vicarage Road and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

There will also be roving vaccination buses in towns including Colchester, Ipswich and Dudley in the West Midlands.

The NHS said that the walk-in centres would be advertised locally.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: ‘With more than 63million jabs already delivered by the NHS in England, we’re now in a race to the finish line.

‘It’s now easier than ever to get your life-saving jab, and the more of us who are vaccinated the safer and freer we all will be.’

An online service enabling people to enter their postcode and find the nearest walk-in site is also being set up, with texts sent to people living nearby who have not yet had their first dose.

More than one-third of people aged between 18 and 24 have now had a first injection, since vaccines were opened up to all over-18s last Friday.

Meanwhile, a system to detect coronavirus in the air is being tested at Teesside International Airport.

Developed by Co. Durham-based Kromek it can give results in 30 minutes and be used in shops, lobbies and other busy public places.

Chief executive Dr Arnab Basu said it would enable ‘a return to normal life’.

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