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LGBTQ+ venues offered as Covid-19 vaccination centres

Rachel Badham January 7, 2021

Both Heaven nightclub, owned by G-A-Y’s Jeremy Joseph, and LGBTQ+ bar, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, have been offered as Covid-19 vaccination centres. Joseph argued vaccinations are the solution to the pandemic, tweeting: “Vaccination is the answer. Like other hospitality venues, on Sunday, We wrote to Westminster Council offering Heaven Nightclub as a vaccination centre. Its an empty venue already split into booths, it would be an honour if it was used while closed to help vaccinate people.”

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern also expressed interest in becoming a vaccination centre, with CEO James Lindsay, tweeting: Hi @BorisJohnson, @MattHancock. Following @BrewDogJames tweet we’d like to offer up our venue to assist with the vaccination rollout. The RVT has ample space for NHS staff and volunteers, over two floors. We want to help.”

According to the BBC, the Covid-19 vaccination programme is the biggest mass vaccination campaign the NHS has ever seen, with vaccinations being administered to the most vulnerable groups first. This initial phase is set to see 30 million people receive the vaccination, including care home residents and frontline healthcare workers. In total, the UK has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and 30 million of the Pfizer vaccine.