THE Brighton Centre has been named as a potential coronavirus vaccination centre but an MP is warning most residents will not get the jab till next year.

Brighton and Hove City council told The Argus that the music and entertainment venue “has been identified as one of the larger” vaccination sites.

According to officials, the venue could be set up to support the delivery of the coronavirus vaccination.

However, Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said residents should not expect to get the jab until the new year.

He said: “My understanding is that the vaccine will start being rolled out imminently to professionals but members of the public shouldn’t expect anything straight away.

“I don’t think we should expect members of the public getting vaccinated until the new year.

“I would be delighted if it is possible but we only have a few million doses of this particular vaccine.”

The Argus: Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

The UK became the first country in the world to approve the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, paving the way for vaccination to start next week.

The jab has been shown in studies to be 95 per cent effective and works in all age groups.

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, enough to vaccinate 20 million people with two doses, given 21 days apart.

Around 10 million doses are expected to be available for use in the UK in the coming weeks for priority groups, including healthcare workers, with 800,000 doses arriving next week.

Older adults in a care home and care home workers are at the top of the list to get the vaccine first, while all those who are 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers are second.

A council spokesman said: “The NHS across Sussex is preparing to be ready to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations.

“A priority in all planning is to ensure that it is as easy as possible for eligible people to access a vaccination. The NHS, working with other partners, will deliver the vaccine through a network of locations, for example to vulnerable and housebound people in their own homes, at community clinics and at large scale sites.

“The Brighton Centre has been identified as one of the larger sites where a vaccination centre could be set up to support this programme and planning is ongoing. Site locations will be confirmed once plans are finalised.”