Twickenham Rugby Stadium has been converted into a major walk-in vaccine center to boost vaccinations against the coronavirus in the event of an increase in the Indian variant.
Up to 15,000 first dose puffs will be provided for those in the area who have not yet been vaccinated.
The event, titled “Let’s Tackle Covid,” aims to increase the number of vaccinations if cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus increase in Hounslow, west London.
A spokesman for Twickenham Stadium said it was “proud” that the venue would support one of the “largest walk-in vaccination events” in England.
Anyone entitled to their first dose can enter without an appointment.
Pippa Nightingale, Head Nurse for North West London, encouraged people to “take some time and visit us” during the fine holiday weather.
Kelly O’Neill, Hounslow Council Director of Public Health, said, “Getting the vaccine is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities from Covid-19, and we encourage all of ours local communities to have their vaccine as soon as they are eligible. “
Mark Lynch, Twickenham Stadium Venue Director, said: “We are proud to have supported the NHS for over a year during the pandemic, first with a testing center in the Twickenham Stadium parking lot and now in record time to set up this mass vaccination facility .
“It took me less than a week to turn around and I would like to thank all 600 stadium and NHS staff involved for their hard work to make this happen.
“As with rugby clubs across the country, it is important for us to do our part to support our local communities.”
The event was organized by the local NHS Trust in collaboration with the Hounslow Council and supported by the England Rugby Football Union (RFU).