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Ashton Gate to open as regional vaccine hub next week

The government today confirmed the location of seven “super-vaccination” centres in England that will open next week – and it includes Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

Number 10 said seven regional centres would be opening across the country in London, Surrey, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, Stevenage and Bristol – with Ashton Gate finally and officially named by the Government as the site, reports the Mirror Online.

In early December, Bristol Live exclusively revealed that the army would be setting up a regional vaccination hub in the South Stand concourse of the stadium, and that happened days later, with soldiers arriving to manage the logistics of the transformation.

With the approval of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the aim for two million shots to be administered every week within weeks, bosses at Ashton Gate confirmed at the end of December the stadium is ready to welcome people from all over the south west to come for their jabs.

Number 10 said that across the country, the conference and sports centres will be staffed by a mixture of NHS staff and volunteers. The stadium in Bristol will be in addition to GP surgeries and hospitals in the city and the south west region, which will also be co-ordinating their own vaccination programmes.

Not all seven will open on Monday, with exact opening dates still to be confirmed, but Bristol Live understands that Ashton Gate is ready, and is expected to begin earlier in the week rather than later.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “They are opening next week.

“It may be the case that some open on a different day to others, but they will all open next week.

No10 said the seven centres are:

There may end up being more than seven “super” centres overall, but this has not been confirmed yet.

The government has also not confirmed what plan will be in place for managing crowds heading to the centres on public transport.

Last week, Bristol Live exclusively revealed that a security firm was recruiting ‘vaccine marshals’ to help with organising people as they arrive for their jabs. Read from source….