Festival-goers will be able to grab a COVID-19 dose as easily as a beer or burger at the Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend.
It comes as more than half a million children aged 16 to 17 have received their first shot, according to NHS England.
Music fans can receive the vaccination between groups at pop-up clinics across the two sites this weekend, but health officials said people under the influence of alcohol or drugs won’t get a dose.
The move comes after some music festivals made headlines recently Corona Virus Connect the infection to the attendees.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people who attended the Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Suffolk last month have reportedly tested positive for the virus.
Temporary vaccination centers in Reading and Leeds are pursuing another major effort to increase vaccine uptake – with punches available at nightclubs, football stadiums and circuses.
Vaccines will be offered at the Reading location between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.
At the Leeds Festival, punches will be served from 10am to 4pm from Friday to Sunday, and from 8am to 11am on Mondays.
Health professionals will also be available at the Leeds location on Thursdays between 10am and 4pm for revelers who wish to discuss the punch.
On Wednesdays, there will be a two-hour slot for festival staff on Wednesdays lunchtime and punches for early access in the afternoon.
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and Deputy Head of Immunization Program at NHS England said: “Thanks to the hard work of NHS staff and volunteers, more than half a million young people aged 16-17 have received their first dose as teams across the country. They have worked tirelessly to protect their communities, and vaccinated in appropriate makeshift clinics in the park, in places of worship and playgrounds, and now in Reading and Leeds.
“It’s great to see the return of live music and performances, and with festival-goers heading to the main stage this weekend to catch up on their favorite titles, I’m also urging anyone who doesn’t add a ‘vaccine tent’ to their festival itinerary to get their life-saving vaccine as the best protection We can get it from the coronavirus.”
The NHS said people between the ages of 18 and 34 made up more than one in five hospitalized with the virus, four times higher than the peak in winter 2020.
Health Minister Sajid Javid insisted that getting an injection was “one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones”.
He said, “Vaccines save lives and allow us to reclaim the freedoms we’ve been looking forward to for the past 18 months – from visiting family abroad to festivals and gigs.
“It’s great to see different sectors and industries stepping in to help get the country vaccinated, making it easier than ever to get vaccinated.”