Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Bristol to visit the new Ashton Gate vaccination center

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A huge coronavirus vaccination center opened in Bristol today (Monday 11 January) after weeks of preparation.
The Ashton Gate stadium ‘super vaccination’ center is one of seven to open across England, alongside counterparts in London, Surrey, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Stevenage.

Vaccinations started this morning and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived to visit the center this afternoon – scroll down for the latest updates.

Images shared from inside show a one-way system with barriers and cabins installed where people will receive COVID-19 jabs.

In early December, Bristol Live exclusively revealed that the military will be setting up a regional vaccination center in the stadium’s south hall.

Days later, military personnel were seen arriving to help oversee the transformation.

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While hospitals, general practitioners and other health and care facilities have already established vaccination centers, the seven centers will allow large-scale vaccination.

The NHS says the “super hubs” are capable of delivering thousands of vaccinations per week, and dozens more like them will follow.

A security company has recruited “vaccine commissioners” to help organize people as they arrive for their injections and to make sure people wear masks and respect social distancing.

Follow the live updates below as we cover opening day – scroll down for the latest

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