Asda will become the first British supermarket to offer the Covid vaccinations after being selected by NHS England to operate the service.
The first vaccinations will start from January 25 in a trial period at the in-store pharmacy in Birmingham, reports the Mirror.
The vaccines won’t be for sale, but like any other vaccination centre, the most vulnerable groups will have access to the jab first.
Asda president Roger Burnley said: “We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.
“We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.
“We are on hand to provide the NHS with any practical support required so that more people can quickly receive the vaccine.”
The story comes as supermarkets across the UK have clamped down on lockdown regulations, with many now checking customers for face masks or coverings before they enter the store.
Both Morrisons and Sainbury’s have said they will challenge people not wearing masks in their stores, and those with medical exemptions will be allowed not to wear one.