Private club is flying members to India and UAE for Covid vaccinations

A beach in Dubai, a coronavirus vaccine and Knightsbridge Circle founder Stuart McNeil, whose club is flying clients out to India and Dubai for private Covid vaccines

Stuart McNeil says Knightsbridge Circle are ‘pioneers’ of luxury vaccine holidays (Picture: AFP)

Super rich Britons are paying a concierge service to be flown overseas to get private coronavirus vaccines.

Knightsbridge Circle, a £25,000-a-year private members club, is flying its clients to India and UAE, often on private jets, for luxurious vaccination holidays.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are already offering private appointments for the Pfizer jab, and 20% of the service’s membership have chosen to fly out and get it.

As of this week, the circle has been able to get the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in India, which is being sold to the government at about 250 rupees (£2.50) per dose and at 1,000 rupees (£10) on the private market.

The club’s founder Stuart McNeil says he is in talks with doctors in Marrakesh to fly the jab over from the South Asian country as it can be difficult to get a visa from the UK.

He told the Telegraph: ‘It’s like we’re the pioneers of this new luxury travel vaccine programme. You go for a few weeks to a villa in the sunshine, get your jabs and your certificate and you’re ready to go.

Clients are combining their vaccinations with visits to beach-side resorts (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Mr McNeil says a healthy 35-year-old person would have ‘no chance’ of getting a vaccine through the club

‘They land, have their first jab and wait for the second one. We’ve got some people that are going to India for the whole time and others are talking about flying in, having the first jab, flying out to Madagascar, and then coming back for the second jab later.’

Mr McNeil estimates that a month long trip to Dubai, flying first class with Emirates, could cost up to £40,000, but many clients are more than willing to pay.

The cost of the vaccine is included in the £25,000 annual membership fee along with access to a 24-hour medical concierge.

Knightsbridge Circle has not vaccinated anyone under the age 65 and the club says it has a ‘moral responsibility’ to prioritise people who ‘really need it’.

Mr McNeil says members parents and grandparents are also benefiting from their service, and that some of them have family in countries like Pakistan, which doesn’t have a national health service.

He added: ‘If you’re a 35-year-old young chap who goes to the gym twice a day, you’ve got no chance of getting the vaccine through us. That’s for sure.’

It comes after a London based luxury property firm was found to be offering GP surgeries £5,000 per dose of the jab in order for its staff to jump the queue.

In a leaked email, the Hacking Trust said it could offer the money ‘either as a charitable donation or to the staff member directly’.

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