England opens hundreds of walk-in vaccination centres for over-18s

London, Jun 26 (EFE).- Hundreds of vaccination centres in stadiums, theatres, malls and other locations opened their doors Saturday to all over-18s in England without need for an appointment.

The British government launched the “Grab a jab” campaign, to boost vaccination rates among young people amid a surge in Covid-19 infections and the rapid spread of the Delta variant, already dominant in the UK.

Throughout the past week, the country recorded 90,511 Covid-19 cases, up 47.9% higher than the previous week, with 1,485 people hospitalized.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said the UK was in a “race to the finish line.”

“With every jab give, we are one step closer to our summer freedoms,” he said,

Despite the increase in infections, the government expects to lift remaining restrictions on July 19, after it postponed its original plans to do so in June.

Some 60.9% of adults in the UK have been fully inoculated, and 83.3% have received at least a first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine. EFE


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