Londoners received tens of thousands of Covid vaccines on Saturday within hours as the capital’s football fields were transformed into mass vaccination centers.
Huge jab clinics have been set up at London Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic, and Selhurst Park.
Smaller events are taking place at community venues with the aim of vaccinating as many Londoners as possible on what has been dubbed a ‘super Saturday’.
Young people in the capital have been urged to book vaccination slots as Covid-19 cases skyrocket in children and young adults. The number of people infected with the virus is increasing rapidly in England, doubling every 11 days.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was delighted to visit the Chelsea pitch at Stamford Bridge, where 6,000 Pfizer vaccines were available on Saturday for all adults over 18 who have not yet received a first dose, as well as those who were waiting to get a second Pfizer shot.
At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of West Ham, 15,000 doses were waiting to be administered.
“Chelsea FC, West Ham at London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, have large-scale pop-up clinics, and a lot of events take place in local community centers, so many as many people as possible to have convenient access to life-saving Covid jabs, ”Khan said.
“You don’t need to be registered with a general practitioner to get vaccinated. It’s great news that more than 8 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. . ”
On Saturday afternoon he tweeted: ‘Once again I am blown away by the efficiency, passion and professionalism of the NHS staff and volunteers. “
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted: “It’s an incredible effort from the whole London team. Also happening across town to Spurs, Arsenal, Charlton and West Ham. Come on London, let’s get vaccinated!
The government said as of 9 a.m. on Saturday there had been 10,321 more laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, and reported 14 more deaths within 28 days of testing positive for Covid- 19, bringing the UK total to 127,970.
Separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that there had been 153,000 registered deaths in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.