Coronavirus jabs delivered from more than 1,400 sites

NHS staff are now delivering life-saving coronavirus jabs at a network of more than 1,400 vaccinations sites, as dozens more open their doors.

The milestone has been hit just seven weeks after Maggie Keenan, 91, became the first person in the world to be vaccinated against the virus outside of a trial at Coventry hospital.

NHS England says that there are now 1,438 vaccinations sites, ranging from GP and pharmacy-led services to hospitals and large-scale Vaccination Centres, that are now operating across the country. The latest additions include an Asda supermarket in West Bromwich, an Islamic education centre in Derby and Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

Addiitonally, high street pharmacies are now vaccinating at 117 sites and there are also 47 large-scale Vaccination Centres, capable of jabbing thousands of people each week.

Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS in England, said: “The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, has got off to a strong start. NHS staff have worked hard with businesses, community and faith groups to set up an extensive network of vaccination sites that offer a range of options for people in all areas to receive their injection. We want to protect as many people as swiftly as possible and this latest milestone, with more than 1,400 sites up and running, means that we can continue to expand delivery as more vaccine supplies come on stream.”