UK science center is first to serve as large vaccination location

Photo of International Centre for Life
Photo courtesy of International Centre for Life

The International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, opened last week as a COVID-19 vaccination location operated by England’s National Health Service (NHS). It is believed to be the first large-scale vaccination site hosted by a science center.

The vaccination clinic, which has the capacity to vaccinate up to 1,000 people per day, serves a wide region across the North East of England and North Cumbria.

In a release, Life’s chief executive, Linda Conlon, was quoted as saying “Life is proud to have a large vaccination centre onsite. Life’s mission is to inspire everyone in North East England to explore and enjoy science and to discover its relevance to their own lives – what’s more pertinent and relevant than a life-saving vaccine?” Conlon is a former chair of the ASTC Board of Directors.

This is not Life’s first partnership with the NHS, as the center already hosts NHS clinics offering treatment for fertility issues and genetic diseases.

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