COVID-19: England’s largest coronavirus vaccination center in West London breaks policy to offer vaccine to anyone over 18 for today only | UK News
England’s largest vaccination center at Twickenham Stadium in west London is offering COVID injections to anyone over 18 for today only.
Thousands of people have already received a coronavirus dose of vaccine at England rugby’s home since it opened for jabs on the Monday public holiday, and the local NHS Trust said it can now offer them to all adults.
He tweeted: “There are still spaces and vaccines: now open to everyone 18 and over who can arrive before 7:30 p.m.!”
Government directives only tell people over 30 years are currently eligible for the jab, but stadium medics have offered it to all adults to make sure nothing is wasted.
Up to 15,000 Pfizer vaccine doses were made available as part of Twickenham’s “Let’s Tackle COVID” event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The event initially offered only the first doses to eligible members of the public in the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.
But at 2:30 p.m., organizers said anyone over 18 could show up for a bang.
Several local boroughs began surge testing earlier this month after cases of the Indian variant were discovered.
Hounslow in particular had been identified as a hotspot for the new variant, which would be more transmissible and could delay the reopening of June 21 In England.
A spokesperson for Twickenham Stadium said they were “proud” that the site is supporting one of the “biggest walk-in vaccination events” in England.
Scottish international rugby player Rory Hutchinson was among those who lined up for a shot, saying it was the ‘right thing to do’.
“It was a really smooth process. I thought they were very professional. It was easy to find. I went right in and had my vaccine done. Then I just had to wait a bit for m ‘Make sure I was okay, “the 25- said one year old.
“I think we’ve been going through a very difficult time recently and I hope we’re on the mend now. I’m just doing what I can to support this.”
Student Flo Flake-Parsons, 24, also showed up for a vaccine and said there were no queues by the time she received her vaccine in the afternoon.
“It’s been a really crazy time for everyone and it’s a good step back to normalcy,” she said.
Dr Genevieve Small, clinical manager of the North West London vaccination program, said the event was aimed at “people who may have known they were allowed to be vaccinated but were not not come to fix it, or who were just more spontaneous., or who had previously had questions about the program and now feel ready to come in for the vaccination ”.
“There is, of course, a desire [or a need] to make sure we protect the areas that see more cases of the new variant, ”she said.
“We were given the opportunity [to do this]. We got the vaccine and we did. “
More than 100 vaccinators are on duty to distribute blows and thousands of people have lined up around the rugby pitch.
The event was organized by the local NHS Trust in partnership with Hounslow Council and supported by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) of England.