The #SaveNightclubs campaign wants to help the vaccine rollout.
Over one million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the UK, and that number is growing daily. It’s likely to grow even quicker with news that GP surgeries can now offer the Oxford vaccine, and mega-vaccination centres (including London’s NHS Nightingale) opening next week. And in a bid to help propel the rollout to new heights, London’s nightclubs have offered their services.
#SaveNightclubs, a campaign that’s called for the government to offer support and funds to protect London’s world-famous nightlife sector, has volunteered the services of their 150-strong coalition of clubs in a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi. As the campaign notes, these spaces “have waiting areas, huge refrigerators, separate rooms for vaccinations, and amazing team that can help to organise.” Plus, they’ve all been sitting empty since March, so there’s no scrambling for space needed.
Best of all, the campaign is offering all this for free – an incredible gesture of goodwill, albeit one that will surely help grease the wheels for some much-needed emergency funding should ministers take them up on the offer. They aren’t the only ones eager to help, either; legendary LGBT+ nightlife venues The Royal Vauxhall Tavern and G-A-Y have also volunteered their services as vaccination centres. So, if the government decides to acquiesce to this generous offer, you could be rocking up to the club for your vaccination – maybe skip the predrinks though, yeah?
In other news, the world’s first ‘Covid patch’ is being developed in the UK.
Also published on Medium.