Leicestershire site will be one of the first for mass coronavirus vaccinations

A council site in Leicestershire has been identified as one of the first areas in the country to deliver mass Coronavirus vaccinations.

Charnwood Borough Council confirmed some of their offices will be converted into spaces for a mass Covid-19 vaccination site.

The site in Loughborough will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence for approximately nine months.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed today the government has now taken the “first step” for authorising a vaccine in the UK.

He said the NHS will be ready to start vaccinating people against coronavirus next month – if one is approved by regulators.

Ministers have formally asked the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to assess the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in the UK.

A vaccine developed by Oxford University has also proved to be effective in older adults in trials that have been taking place.

Mr Hancock said if the MHRA approves a vaccine “we will be ready to start the vaccination next month, with the bulk of the roll-out in the New Year”.

He added: “We’re heading in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go – coronavirus remains a grave danger right now.”