A nightclub will offer Covid-19 jabs without an appointment this weekend.
Visitors to London superclub, Heaven, will be able to get their first dose of Pfizer between midday and 9pm on Sunday (August 8) without an appointment. There will also be small numbers of AstraZeneca doses available for those who are due their second jab.
From September, people will be required to have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to enter nightclubs and other large-scale events.
the new campaign will encourage clubgoers, university students and all young adults to get both doses without delay so they can get back to enjoying the things they have missed while the country cautiously returns to normal.
The nightlife industry will also be supporting the vaccine drive by sharing vaccine messaging online and at their venues.
In addition, a new short Q&A film has been released featuring doctor, DJ and founder of NHS Sessions, Bodalia, talking about the importance of younger adults getting the vaccine in order to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to keep the nightclub industry open.
Also supporting the campaign are industry bodies LIVE, the voice the UK’s contemporary live music sector, and Safer Sounds, a partnership promoting best practice across the music industry.
Doctor and DJ, Bodalia, said: ‘I want everyone to enjoy themselves as safely as possible now that clubs and music events are back.
‘If you haven’t got round to getting the vaccine yet, now really is the time to come forward and book in for your first and second dose. If you’ve questions or concerns, seek answers from the NHS or your GP.’
The government is working closely with the NHS to make it as easy as possible to get a vaccine, including through ‘grab a jab’ pop-up vaccine sites across the country.
People can make an appointment through the national booking system either online or by calling 119, use a vaccination centre, walk-in centre, or one of the pop-up vaccinations centres that are now in shopping centres, workplaces and high streets.
Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Vaccines are saving lives, protecting people, and allowing us to regain some of the freedoms we’ve missed over the last 18 months – from visiting family abroad to dancing on a night out.
‘It’s remarkable to see different sectors and industries step up to help get the country vaccinated, and my thanks go to the Ministry of Sound, Heaven, and Bodalia, among so many others.
‘Having a vaccine is one of the most important things you will ever be asked to do – get it to protect your loved ones and to make sure you can return to creating those special moments.’
Vaccines are available free of charge and from thousands of vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies. Around 98% of people live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre in England and vaccinations are taking place at sites including mosques, community centres and football stadiums.
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