Bensons for Beds has become the latest retailer to offer to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as it is forced to shut all its physical stores amid new lockdown restrictions.
The bed retailer has reportedly written to the English, Welsh and Scottish governments to offer its currently unused stores as vaccination centres.
It comes after the non-essential retailer was forced to shut its 39 stores which remained open in tier two and tier three areas as the UK entered its third national lockdown.
Its chief operating officer Joe Wykes said that while the company was disappointed to have to close its stores once more, “we think they could be put to good use”.
“That’s why we’ve today asked the government to consider local Bensons stores as vaccination centres should the need arise,” Wykes added.
Despite what Wykes called “difficult circumstances for so-called non-essential retailers”, Bensons is pushing to expand its online operations to continue trading during lockdown.
Its 30 minute video “sleep consultations” have now been expanded across the country after launching earlier this year in Scotland, Wales and selected parts of England.
The news comes after Tesco, Morrisons, Boots and Superdrug all offered to help distribute the vaccine across the UK while COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket.