Bristol Primark to host pop-up Covid vaccine hub ahead of ‘Freedom Day’

Bristol’s Primark store will host a pop-up Covid vaccination centre ahead of ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday.

NHS England has announced that the shop in Broadmead Shopping Centre, as well as the Primark outlet in Leeds, would be offering vaccinations to shoppers across Saturday and Sunday (July 17-18).

Officials are seeking to maximise protection before restrictions are lifted on Monday with a series of pop-up clinics for those who have not been jabbed yet.

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Remaining restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of facemasks in public indoor settings and social distancing rules, will lift on Monday (July 19) as the final step on the government roadmap out of lockdown is taken across England.

NHS medical director for primary care Dr Nikki Kanani said: “You can pop into Primark, enjoy the sun in the park, and explore the art at the Tate, while also protecting yourself and your loved ones by getting a vaccine this weekend.

“From high street shops to mosques and sports grounds, our incredible staff together with our wonderful volunteers are doing all they can to make sure it is easier than ever for people, particularly young adults, to get protected.”

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Other pop-up hubs will be launched in iconic places such as the Tate Modern art gallery in London on Friday evening and the Oval cricket ground across the weekend.

Bristol’s primary vaccination centre has been based at Ashton Gate Stadium throughout 2021, but it has been confirmed that it will close on August 4 – in time for the new football season.

The centre will instead move to the Nightingale Hospital at the University of the West of England.

The new vaccination centre was unveiled at the converted UWE conference centre last week.

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