LEEDS United has become the first Premier League club to hand over its facilities for the unprecedented vaccine push.
Work has already begun transforming the club’s Elland Road into a major vaccination centre in the North.
Elland Road will be used as a Covid-19 vaccine centreCredit: PA:Press Association
Tottenham have also offered their stadium to help with the vaccination roll outCredit: Getty – Pool
The club agreed to hand over its Centenary Pavilion – which is opposite the famous stadium – after it was approached by NHS England.
The Pavilion is one of the biggest event spaces in the North of England and is capable of holding up to 2,800 visitors and hosting 1,100 guests for dinner.
A source said: “Elland Road was identified early on as a perfect location for one of the largest vaccination centres in the north.
“It’s just off the M1 motorway, so there’s easy access, and comes with massive car parks located nearby.
“They also have ginormous on-site fridges which are normally used on matchdays but will now store the vaccine.”
Another source said: “This is about people getting the vaccine safely.
“Leeds is really proud to be part of the process of people getting better and when they were approached they wanted to do all they could to help.
“It’s unlikely fans are going to return this season so it was a no brainer.”
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Tottenham have also offered their £1billion stadium to the NHS as a potential hub for rolling out the two approved vaccines.
And Liverpool have also offered up Anfield.
Spurs opened up their luxury facility in April to help feed the vulnerable during the initial Covid outbreak and they have stepped up again.
Their swanky new arena is currently being used as a testing centre and they have now offered it for use as a vaccination hub too.
With two approved vaccines now available, the Government is expected to ramp up the vaccination roll out in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, the Premier League announced there were 40 positive Covid results returned after the latest round of testing – more than DOUBLE the previous record.