The vaccine rollout in places like the UK and the US has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Since December 2020, the UK has administered over 90 million pokes in the arm at over 1,900 vaccine sites. In the US, it has been estimated that vaccines had saved 140,000 lives by May, such is their efficacy.
But to generate such mind blowing statistics, countries have not been able to rely solely on hospitals and doctors' surgeries to do their jabs. As well, rather bizarre places like shopping centres and music festivals have had to pull through to provide extra lancing space. This is 2021, this is the dystopia we are in. Black Mirror is real, you know the drill.
So here are some of the weirdest places you can get a coronavirus vaccine.
Heaven, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in London, became the first nightclub to moonlight as a vaccine centre in early August. On Sunday 8th, people could book tickets on Eventbrite (really) or walk-in to get a rather different shot than they might be used to in the venue.
Jeremy Joseph, Owner of G-A-Y & Heaven said: “It’s been really exciting to welcome back customers to the dance floor but I want to make sure we are keeping everyone safe. It is important we all do our bit and encourage each other to get vaccinated – not just because you might soon need a vaccine passport to enter nightclubs, but because we want everyone to party safely”.
Reading and Leeds festivals
Music fans are returning to Reading and Leeds for the first time in two years after last year’s festivals were cancelledGetty Images
This bank holiday weekend, swarms of young people high on their A-Level and GCSE results will flock to Reading or Leeds festivals to get on the piss with their friends and listen to some great tunes.
While there, though, they may also fancy getting jabbed, though they won’t be able to do so if they have been drinking so how many people will take advantage of the pop-up, who knows.
Regardless, there’s worse ways people use needles at festivals, we’re sure.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Harry Kane enjoyed the perfect return to the Tottenham side (Adam Davy/PA)PA Wire
Spurs fans had three chances to attend pop-up vaccine centres at the Tottenham stadium over the summer.
All attendees received an exclusive 20 per cent discount code on Stadium Tours and The Dare Skywalk and were entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to watch the Men’s First Team train at the stadium.
Who could say no to that?
A nation that was once under communist rule administering vaccines in a cathedral of capitalism that is a huge shopping centre is quite something but this is exactly what is happening in Moscow, Russia.
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Russia is not the only country to use shops for shots. People can get jabbed at London’s Westfield shopping centre and St James Quarter shopping centre in Edinburgh also doubles up as a vaccine centre.
And if shopping centres are too busy - why not just nip down to your local Primark? Primark changing rooms at two London stores will become vaccination clinics this bank holiday weekend and the world’s largest Primark - in Birmingham - also lets people get jabbed while they shop.
Dr Vin Diwakar, medical director for the NHS in London, urged people to “add this very important item to the top of their shopping list – get vaccinated”.
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