Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium to open as mass vaccination centre by mid-March

030321 - Outside shot of Middlesbrough FCs Riverside Stadium - Credit: PA Images
Middlesbrough FCs Riverside Stadium Credit: PA Images

Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium will open as a mass vaccination centre in mid-March, the Vaccine Minister has confirmed.

This will be the second Large Vaccination Centre on Teesside, after Darlington Arena opened to the public.

Jacob Young MP and Simon Clarke MP wrote to Vaccine Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, in February to suggest the Riverside as a potential site for a mass vaccination centre.

Responding to the news, Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: "The vaccine rollout in the North East so far has been a tremendous success.

Simon Clarke at Middlesbrough FCs Riverside Stadium

Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, said: "In Redcar and Cleveland alone we’ve vaccinated more than 40,000 people so far. This mass vaccine site will be another string in our bow to beat this virus and get us all back to normal.”

Last weekend both MPs joined local Conservative MPs and Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, on a call with Mr Zahawi to make the case for a centre based in Teeside.

The Tees Valley Mayor said he is “delighted” to see the Government listening to their demands.

Mr Zahawi also confirmed that community pharmacies in the region that are able to provide the Covid jab "can put in an expression of interest to become a designated site".