Asda is set to become the first supermarket in the UK to administer the coronavirus vaccine.
The supermarket said it has been chosen by NHS England to set up a vaccination centre from an in-store pharmacy in its Birmingham branch.
The store will rollout the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which will be administered by qualified Asda staff.
Speaking about the decision, Asda president – Roger Burnley – said: “We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.
“We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.
“We are on hand to provide the NHS with any practical support required so that more people can quickly receive the vaccine.”
The supermarket giant will transform its George clothing section into a vaccination centre, which will be open from 8am-8pm everyday and will offer 250 jabs a day.