The idea of using licensed premises as vaccination centres is gaining momentum, after it was promoted by BrewDog.

BrewDog Carlisle exterior

BrewDog Carlisle in pre-lockdown times

It started with a tweet from the Scottish brewer’s co-founder, James Watt. He said: “Hi @MattHancock & @NicolaSturgeon. We would like to offer our closed @BrewDog venues to help with a quick roll out of the vaccine. For free. We have waiting areas, huge refrigerators, seperate rooms for vaccinatations, and an ace team who can help organise. We want to help.”

Now, JW Lees Brewery, which has many North West pubs, has made a similar offer, as has the Loungers bar group.

UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, tweeted: “Hospitality stands ready to help — we have large empty hotels in rural and town centre locations that are covid secure (they housed and fed frontline workers and convalescent patients), with trained first aiders and plenty of fridges. We can be vaccination stations.”

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