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Flight Centre offers unused branches to support Covid vaccine roll out

Flight Centre UK has pledged to help with the Covid-19 vaccine rollout by offering up its currently unused shops.

The agency chain, which has outlets in key high street locations across the UK, has offered its store space as well as its back-of-house kitchens and fridges.

The offer came in a tweet to prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock.

The move follows the boss of Scottish brewer BrewDog, James Watt, offering its venues to help with the vaccine rollout.

A number of travel operators have also come forward to offer currently shuttered sites, he added.

Flight Centre head of retail marketing Yvonne Hobden said: “It has been an extremely difficult year for the travel industry and like most high street organisations across the UK we’ve had to close our stores as regions go in and out of government restrictions.

“However, we believe with so much unused space we can support with the vaccine rollout and would urge Boris Johnson or Matt Hancock to get in touch if they think we can help.”

The company plans to reopen stores in phases to customers for appointments only. The first five stores are due to reopen in January while the rest will remain temporarily closed.

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