Hundreds queue outside Covid vaccine centres as they open their doors to walk-in patients

ADULTS across England will be able to "grab a jab" this weekend as hundreds of walk-in vaccine centres open up to the public.

Anyone over 18 can now turn up to their local vaccination clinic without a booking and get a jab.

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The latest stage of the government's roll out sees football stadiums, theatres, supermarket car parks and shopping centres turned into makeshift centres.

Edgebaston Stadium in Birmingham, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and Vertu Motors Arena, home to Newcastle Eagles basketball team, are just a few major sporting arenas opening their doors.

Buses offering Covid jabs will also operate in Bolton, Dudley, Colchester, Ipswich and elsewhere.

The NHS said walk-in hubs will be advertised locally while efforts are underway to build an online service that allows people to search for their nearest one.

They will be open for people having their first dose and to those over 40 who had their first jab at least eight weeks ago.

Those under 40 who had their shot more than 12 weeks ago can also receive one.

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: "With more than 63million jabs already delivered by the NHS in England, we’re now in a race to the finish line.

"It’s now easier than ever to get your life-saving jab, and the more of us who are vaccinated the safer and freer we all will be."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are throwing open the doors of hundreds of vaccine centres across the country this weekend so anyone can just show up.

"I urge anyone who has yet to take up the offer to head to their nearest walk-in centre this weekend and get the life-saving jab.

"It's becoming clearer all the time how effective our vaccines are in protecting against the Delta variant and with three in five people double-vaccinated, we're well on our way to the whole country getting the fullest possible protection."

This comes as data shows just over a third of people aged 18 to 24 have already received a vaccine.

More than one million appointments were booked last Friday and Saturday – an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second.

A total of 43,656,327 first jabs have been administered in the UK, while 31,908,103 people have been fully vaccinated.

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