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NHS Covid Jabs On The Bill At Reading Festival

Covid jabs will be on the bill as the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest and most successful in health service history, sets up camp at Reading Festival this weekend.

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The Bank Holiday initiative means music fans Reading Festival will be able to pick up a jab as easily as a beer or a burger.

It comes as new figures show more than half a million 16 and 17 year olds in England have now had their jab.

Fans pitching up to see headliners Stormzy, Post Malone and Liam Gallagher can watch their favourite acts then rock up to get their jab at pop-up clinics on site available throughout the weekend including a vaccine bus at Reading.

The country’s top GP, Dr Nikki Kanani, urged the hundreds of thousands music fans attending the events to protect themselves and others by adding the ‘vaccine tent’ to their festival itinerary if they have not already been jabbed.

The NHS will offer the opportunity to speak to health professionals who will be able to answer any questions or concerns. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be given the vaccine.

Since the NHS administered the world first vaccine to Margaret Keenan in December, NHS staff have delivered more than 75 million vaccinations, including to half a million 16 and 17 year olds with almost four in five adults now double vaccinated.

The Reading vaccination clinic will also have a bus and will be open 9:30am-5pm from the Thursday through to Sunday and from 9am-1pm on Monday, with a dedicated two-hour slot for festival staff on Wednesday lunchtime and jabs for early arrivals in the afternoon. The team will be located close to the yellow gate entrance.