A major drive is taking place at Twickenham Stadium today in an attempt to get as many people vaccinated against the coronavirus as possible as cases of the Indian variant surge. The event, called Let’s Tackle Covid, has 15,000 vaccinations ready to be administered on Bank Holiday Monday.
Do you need a booking?
The NHS has said that you do not need a booking to get vaccinated at Twickenham Stadium today.
If you are a resident of North West London who is eligible for your first dose, you can walk in without an appointment.
The centre will be open from 10am to 8pm on Monday, May 31.
However, if you want to guarantee a slot and reduce waiting time, you can book here.
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Does the vaccine work against the India variant?
Studies on the efficacy of vaccines against the India variant are still emerging, but early evidence shows that being vaccinated does offer protection against getting seriously ill.
One study showed the Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant identified in India after two doses.
However, the study showed both vaccines were only 33 percent effective agaisnt the Indian variant after just one dose.
Public Health England, which ran the study, said the vaccines are likely to be very effective at preventing hospital admission and deaths.
Today’s event, organised by the local NHS trust in partnership with Hounslow Council and supported by England Rugby Football Union (RFU), will become the biggest vaccination event in England so far.
Hounslow Council’s director of public health Kelly O’Neill said getting the vaccine is “the single most important step” residents can take to protect themselves and others from the virus.
Twickenham Stadium’s venue director Mark Lynch said: “We are proud to have supported the NHS for over a year during the pandemic, first with a test centre in Twickenham Stadium car park and now to set up this mass vaccination facility in record time.
“It’s taken less than a week to turn around and I’d like to thank all 600 stadium and NHS employees involved for their hard work to make this happen.
“Like rugby clubs across the country, we feel it’s important for us to us to do our bit to support our local communities.”
Authorities are urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible as the UK scrambles to contain the Indian variant.
The UK has recorded another six coronavirus-related deaths as more than 25 million people have now received two vaccine doses, latest government figures show.
This comes as another 3,240 coronavirus cases were recorded and the latest statistics showed 39,259,168 people have had a first dose of a COVID vaccine.
A total of 25,332,851 have had two jabs.
On Friday, 4,182 cases were reported which was the highest daily total since 1 April – and came on the back of news that coronavirus infections in England are growing by up to 3% every day.