THE BLACK Country Living Museum is among sites set to host temporary mass vaccination centres as part of a national roll-out.

It is understood the venue will become a vaccine hub, forming part of a network of 46 such centres in the coming weeks.

Birmingham's Millennium Point, Villa Park, home of Aston Villa FC and Parts of Malvern's Three Counties' Showground in Worcestershire are also being mooted as possible venues, according to local government sources.

NHS England is not confirming the locations of any mass vaccination sites.

The Black Country museum on Tipton Road referred enquiries to the Black Country and West Birmingham's clinical commissioning groups and sustainability and transformation partnership (STP).

The museum is set to re-open for outdoor-only visits on Saturday 12 December.

The STP's chief nursing officer Sally Roberts said it would "confirm details of vaccine centres shortly" but not for the moment "given security reasons and various logistical steps needed before distribution".

The Government is also seeking about 1,250 local sites; mainly GP surgeries and health centres, alongside some community centres, from which to administer any vaccine, regional and local government sources said.

St John Ambulance is also training more than 30,000 volunteers between now and spring 2021, to support the NHS in delivering the national vaccination programme.

Preparations have been stepped up with the first dose of vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech set to arrive in the UK, following its approval by regulator the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Vaccinations will be rolled out first at hospitals, with overall co-ordination of deliveries of jabs handled by 53 NHS trust vaccine hubs, set out in a letter from NHS England to providers last month.

Jabs will then be delivered from mass vaccination hubs in places like conference halls and sports arenas, with GPs surgeries and health centres likely to follow.

Professor Martin Marshall, Royal College of GPs chairman, said the Pfizer vaccine's roll-out would likely be centred on hospital hubs and mass vaccination centres, given "logistical challenges around storage and delivery".

The jab must be stored at minus 70C and can only be moved a few times.

He added: "However, we're awaiting details of this and how it will work - including if and how general practice will be involved, even if not directly delivering this particular vaccine."

In a statement on the vaccination roll-out, NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: "This is an important next step in our response to the coronavirus pandemic and hospitals will shortly kick off the first phase of the largest scale vaccination campaign in our country's history.

"The NHS has a proven track record of delivering large scale vaccinations from the winter flu jab to BCG and, once the final hurdles are cleared and the vaccine arrives in England's hospitals, health service staff will begin offering people this groundbreaking jab in a programme that will expand to cover the whole country in the coming months."