BrewDog ‘in talks with Gov’ to turn closed pubs into Covid vaccination centres

Brits could wash down their Covid-19 jabs with a pint as a string of trendy pubs enter into talks with Downing Street over becoming vaccine hubs.

Independent craft beer BrewDog has offered its UK venues up to be turned into pop-up vaccination centres.

The Scottish company, which was launched in 2017, said it is now in talks with the Government about helping with the rollout of the jabs.

Co-founder James Watt said in a tweet directed to Matt Hancock and Nicola Sturgeon: “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, separate rooms for vaccinations and an ace team who can help organise. We want to help.”

Watt’s offer was well-received by the Scottish first minister, who replied thanking him.

“I’ll pass this on to our vaccination team”, Nicola Sturgeon had replied.

Following up yesterday, Mr Watt said that patients who get the jab will be offered a special beer to go alongside it.

He said: “We are in talks with the Government about using our closed @BrewDog bars as vaccination centres.

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“We are also going to give everyone who gets vaccinated at a BrewDog bar a special commemorative beer.”

Potential names for the drink include Community Immunity and Little Prick.

It comes amid calls for vaccinations to be rolled out 24/7 in the UK to accelerate the UK’s exit from the pandemic.

Yesterday, Britain registered 50,000 new cases of Coronavirus for the fourth day in a row.

A leading expert in disease control urged Boris Johnson to increase the jab roll out and open all-day inoculation centres.

Dr Bharat Pankhania said it is important the UK makes a “super massive effort” to start vaccinating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

He told The I: “We have wasted millions on vanity projects like the Nightingale Hospitals.

“Let’s invest in doing this as a national effort and it will pay dividends.”

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