Thousands visit West Ham United’s London stadium to get their first COVID-19 vaccination

Thousands of east Londoners received their first COVID-19 vaccination at a special pop-up NHS vaccination clinic at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Residents of Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest have booked in advance and waited patiently to get their first vaccination at the home of Premier League club West Ham United.

The event was one of several hosted by football clubs across London on Saturday. Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Charlton Athletics The Valley and Crystal Palaces Selhurst Park also welcomed locals aged 18 and over. Full details of who can get the vaccine can be found on the NHS website here.

West Ham United is proud to continue our strong partnership with our local NHS trusts and to support this event as part of a national effort

Baroness Karren Brady

Baroness Karren Brady, West Ham United Vice Chairwoman, was proud of the club’s contribution to vaccinating locals against the coronavirus.

She said, “Getting as many people as possible vaccinated will save lives and is the best way for us to defeat COVID-19.

“The football family has come together in support of our local communities throughout the pandemic and West Ham United is proud to continue our strong partnership with our local NHS trusts and to support this event as part of a national effort. This is an important step on the way so that we can all enjoy the things we like to do together again. “

London stadium

Dr. Jagan John, Chairman of the NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said, “Our teams have done an excellent job quickly preparing for the difficult logistical challenges involved in delivering the vaccinations and we are grateful for the support we have received from our local partners in organizing this event, including London Stadium management and staff who are giving their time and facilities to help the NHS.

“The coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, and vaccination is the best form of protection against COVID-19. When you get vaccinated, you protect yourself and help protect the entire community. “

The event was part of the work of the NHS and its partners to encourage people to apply for one of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines, increase vaccination intake in all communities in North East London and make sure no one is left behind . The vaccinations are led by a clinical team from the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Paul Gilluley, Chief Medical Office of the East London NHS Foundation Trust, said: “With the rapid spread of the coronavirus variants, it is especially important that many people are vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Graham Gilmore, London Stadium CEO said: “We are proud to support the brilliant work of the NHS by making the stadium available for the vaccine launch in this part of London on Saturday. “We are determined to help our local community through this pandemic.”


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