Inside the Covid vaccine super hubs where thousands of jabs will be rolled out

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THOUSANDS of lifesaving jabs will be rolled out at vaccination super hubs — like the one visited ­yesterday by The Sun on Sunday.

The doors will open to the ­public at the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne tomorrow as the Government aims to offer 15million vulnerable people the jab by mid-February.

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Care home resident Lily Perrin was anxious about receiving the Covid vaccine

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Care home resident Lily Perrin was anxious about receiving the Covid vaccineCredit: Matthew Pover/Matthew Pover Limited.

But she was all smiles after the jab proved painless

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But she was all smiles after the jab proved painlessCredit: Matthew Pover/Matthew Pover Limited.

We had a sneak preview of the massive national effort as frontline healthcare staff and social care workers lined up for their inoculation.

Nurses wearing protective visors and overalls prepared doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

An initial 130,000 jab invitations to people aged 80 or over — who live between 30 and 45 minutes away from one of the seven super hubs opening this week — should have arrived this weekend.

NHS England say a further 500,000 are due in the next week.

The six other sites are at Ashton Gate football ground in Bristol, Epsom racecourse in Surrey, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, London’s ExCel centre, Robertson House in Stevenage, Herts, and Birmingham’s Millennium Point.

A 16-strong team took just two hours to administer 350 doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine at ten care homes in the Ribble Valley, Lancs.

A nurse at the Centre for Life wears protective gear as she prepares the vaccine

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A nurse at the Centre for Life wears protective gear as she prepares the vaccineCredit: Getty

Doses of the Pfizer jab are laid out ready for patients

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Doses of the Pfizer jab are laid out ready for patientsCredit: Getty

Frontline staff get ready to be inoculated

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Frontline staff get ready to be inoculatedCredit: North News and Pictures

Stations are set up to keep patients and medics socially-distanced

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Stations are set up to keep patients and medics socially-distancedCredit: PA:Press Association

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Resident Lily Perrin, who had the jab in Sawley, was anxious about it. But afterwards she was delighted and said it was painless.

Meanwhile, half a million extra jabs could take place each week if more pharmacies could administer the Oxford inoculation, the ­Government has been told.

Senior figures from the industry held talks with Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi this week about signing up more chemists.

Rachel Scott, 33 from Gosforth, has her details taken before receiving her jab

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Rachel Scott, 33 from Gosforth, has her details taken before receiving her jab

Covid vaccines are prepared for health and social care workers 

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Covid vaccines are prepared for health and social care workers 

Key Worker Russell Robson, from Sunderland, receives his first dose

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Key Worker Russell Robson, from Sunderland, receives his first doseCredit: Getty

Medical workers queue outside in preparation

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Medical workers queue outside in preparationCredit: Getty

Recipients sit apart while they wait in the post vaccine observation area

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Recipients sit apart while they wait in the post vaccine observation areaCredit: PA:Press Association

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