Reading and Leeds Festival vaccine

You can get your Covid vaccine whilst you are at Reading or Leeds Festival this year

Hold off on those 60 cans of Dark Fruits kids

For those attending, you can now get the coronavirus vaccine at Reading and Leeds Festival this year, NHS England has said.

Both festivals were cancelled last year due to the pandemic but this year festival goers will be able to grab the jab before seeing Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and others perform live on stage.

The NHS has said pop up clinics at both sites meant those at the festival could “pick up a jab as easily as a beer or a burger”. But the NHS has also said anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be given the vaccine at the events.

This announcement follows the news that over 4,700 coronavirus cases were related back to Boardmasters which happened earlier this month in Cornwall. And after the government published figures showing more than 1,000 people who attended Latitude Festival tested positive for Covid after.

Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and deputy lead for NHS England’s vaccination programme, has urged festival goers go and get the vaccine at Reading and Leeds Festival sites. She’s said NHS staff and volunteers had “worked tirelessly to get their communities protected, vaccinating at convenient pop up clinics in the park, at places of worship and stadiums and now at Reading and Leeds.”

Dr Kanani added, “It is great to see the return of live music and performances, and as festival goers head to the main stage this weekend to see their favourite headliners, I am also urging anyone who hasn’t to add the ‘vaccine tent’ to their festival itinerary to get that lifesaving vaccine as the best protection we can get from coronavirus.”

National Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, has said: “It’s brilliant to see different sectors and industries stepping up to help get the country vaccinated, making it easier than ever to get your jab.” Cheers Sajid, can’t wait to go grab the jab and a quick burger before I see Yungblud on Sunday at Reading.

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