Twickenham turns into major walk-in centre for Covid vaccinations

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Up to 15,000 first dose jabs are being made available at Twickenham in the event called Let’s Tackle Covid. It aims to increase the number of vaccinations as cases of the Indian variant surge in Hounslow, west London. 

Anyone who is eligible for their first dose can walk in without an appointment.

Mark Lynch, venue director at the stadium, 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 do our bit to support our local communities.”

Kelly O’Neill, Hounslow Council’s director of public health, said: “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against Covid-19. We encourage all our local community to have their vaccine.”

The event has been organised by the local NHS trust in partnership with Hounslow Council and supported by the Rugby Football Union.

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