COVID-19: “Olympic effort” underway as stadiums become ephemeral vaccination centers

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COVID-19: “Olympic effort” underway as stadiums become ephemeral vaccination centers


London’s stadiums and football fields have been turned into vaccination centers with the aim of vaccinating as many people as possible against the coronavirus.

This is the first weekend since all adults became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, after the program opened to 18 to 20 year olds on Friday.

Sky correspondent Laura Bundock was in what was the Olympic Stadium in east London, home of West Ham United, where she said 15,000 vaccines were available.

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The West Ham stadium line-up included many young people

“It was the home of the 2012 Games and there is certainly an Olympic effort underway here today,” she said, adding that “hundreds and hundreds” of people were lined up, the queue d ‘waiting winding all around the building.

“A teenager, Matthew, 18, told me his mother woke him up to tell him the news and made him make an appointment.

“Another told me he was due to start college in September and he really hopes that could mean a more normal return to college, to come back to campus and continue student life. “

Dr Jagan John, chairman of the North East London CCG, called the attendance “fantastic”, adding that 10,000 vaccinations had already been booked at the stadium for the day.

Dr John said pop-up vaccination centers were “crucial” to reaching as many people as possible with the vaccine.

He said: “The middle age [in the borough of Newham] is around 30, so… more we can do to make it practical and provide choices for our audience and our residents, so I think that’s the right way to move forward. “

Other London stadiums and football pitches used as vaccination centers this weekend include Chelsea’s home ground at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace Athletics Center.

At Stamford Bridge, 6,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine were available to people over 18 eligible for their first or second dose.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was present and said: “You don’t need to be registered with a general practitioner to get vaccinated.

“It’s great news that more than eight million doses of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine have been given to Londoners, and now all adults over 18 can receive the vaccine.

“We see the big difference the vaccine is making in our fight against the virus, so I strongly urge all adult Londoners to make an appointment or go to a walk-in center as soon as possible, and make sure to get your second dose. “

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted: “It’s an incredible effort from the whole London team. It’s also happening across town at Spurs, Arsenal, Charlton and West Ham. Come on London, let’s get vaccinated. “

The government wants to offer every adult at least a first dose of the vaccine by July 19 for the best possible protection against the Delta variant, which was first reported in India.

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