It will be one of four mass vaccination centres in the city.
Pop-up vaccination centres are gradually opening up in Scotland, with the Drumchapel leisure centre in Glasgow, the latest venue to join the list of locations. The centre at Glasgow Life’s Donald Dewar Leisure Centre building will be one of four in the city to support the city’s vaccination roll-out – with the government aiming to vaccinate up to 1,000 people a day by early February. Soldiers of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards worked alongside staff from City Building to transform the sports hall on Wednesday.
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “It is absolutely vital that we get this vaccine rolled out across the population as soon as possible, starting with the most vulnerable and Glasgow City Council is glad that we have been able to assist. This is the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken in Scotland and the logistical and organisational expertise of the military combined with the availability and accessibility of council-owned venues will accelerate the roll-out of the vaccine by NHS staff.
Castlemilk Sports Centre and Barmulloch Community Centre will also join the Drumchapel leisure centre as the first three Glasgow Life venues to open as local vaccination centres. NHS Louisa Jordan will also be a hub for vaccinations, with 5,000 health and social care workers vaccinated in one day alone at the temporary hospital at the Scottish Events Campus.
The news of these mass vaccination centres in Glasgow comes after the Scottish government published the country’s vaccine deployment plan, stating that it aims to vaccinate 400,000 people a week from February 1.
Here’s the list of locations confirmed so far:
- P&J Live at TECA, Aberdeen
- Ravenscraig Sports Facility, Motherwell
- Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh
- Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
- Pyramids Business Park, Bathgate
- NHS Louisa Jordan, Glasgow
- Donald Dewar Leisure Centre, Glasgow
- Castlemilk Sports Centre, Glasgow
- Barmulloch Community Centre, Glasgow
To find out more about Scotland’s vaccination deployment plan, you can read it here.