British cathedral turned into vaccination center

The medieval building of Lichfield Cathedral saw a large group of people, mostly over 80's, passing through its doors on Friday (January 15) to receive the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and local Member of Parliament Michael Fabricant praised the cathedral's transformation to help battle the coronavirus pandemic on social media, with Fabricant calling it "the UK's most glamorous vaccination center."

The government is aiming to vaccinate those in the four highest risk tiers - the elderly, clinically vulnerable and frontline health and social care workers - by February 15, something that would require more than 2 million vaccinations a week.

Britain recorded 55,761 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as the number of infections rises despite hopes that lockdowns across the country could start to help push rates down.

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- A sharp scratch.

- Oh.

- You sent me along.

- Might be jealous, girl.

- The St. Chad founded this place to look after people, which is what's happening.

- I'm a bit of a heathen, so I'm not a cathedral person.

- I never thought it was going to be like this. You know, it's lovely.

- A huge undercover space, which in this weather is a huge advantage. And it just feels like it's a sense of the community.

- Here's to think carefully about the role of a cathedral in an uncertain kind of culture. There's the old notion of sanctuary. There are a very, very great number of people coming here to just weep. Over Christmas, we lit over 200 lamps in memory of people.