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London vaccinations by borough: Health chiefs hail ‘super Saturday’ as thousands queue to receive Covid jab

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London vaccinations by borough: Health chiefs hail ‘super Saturday’ as thousands queue to receive Covid jab
People queue outside London Stadium on Saturday (REUTERS)
People queue outside London Stadium on Saturday (REUTERS)

Health chiefs on Monday hailed a “phenomenal” response from Londoners as the biggest number of daily jabs in a week were given on “Super Saturday”.

Provisional figures show 75,137 first and second doses were given on Saturday as mass vaccination centres were opened across the city, including at Chelsea, West Ham and Charlton football stadiums.

More mass vaccination events are now planned for the coming weeks – with Arsenal hosting a four-day clinic offering thousands of Pfizer jabs at the Emirates stadium from Friday to Monday.

Sunday’s jabs tally – including 44,924 first doses and 30,213 second doses - is expected to be revised upwards as more data is logged in the coming days.

A similar event at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium is expected to boost the Sunday figures, which will be published later on Monday.

However the daily total remains stuck below the 100,000-a-day needed for London to hit the Prime Minister’s national target of offering a jab to all over 18s and having double-jabbed two thirds of adults by July 19.

As of Saturday night, 1,931,028 first doses and 1,362,543 second doses had still to be administered to keep the capital in line with the national targets – meaning about 110,000 jabs a day now have to be given.

However, five million of the 6.9 million adult Londoners have now received a first jab, and almost 50 per cent have received both jabs.

The strategy of allowing many Londoners to “walk in” to receive a jab, with no need for a NHS number or to prove immigration status, appears to have increased uptake.

A NHS London spokeswoman said: “We are really pleased with the phenomenal response. People were willing to wait a couple of hours in the queues at some places.”

Mayor Sadiq Khan, who visited the vaccine centre at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, said: “With over 260 vaccine centres open across the capital, including five football stadiums - the NHS, local authorities and volunteers have led one of the biggest vaccine rollouts over one weekend our city has ever seen.

“The vaccine is a game-changer in our fight against this virus, and we are now in the final push. I can’t emphasise enough how crucial it is for all Londoners over 18 to go out and get vaccinated as soon as possible, and for everyone to ensure they have their second dose.”

The “Gunner Get Jabbed” vaccination centre at Arsenal will target younger Londoners, with only first doses of Pfizer available. Appointments can be pre-booked but walk-ins will be allowed. All attendees will be offered a free behind-the-scenes stadium tour.

Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus (Arsenal)
Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus (Arsenal)

Islington and neighbouring Camden have two of the lowest take-up rates in London, at 61 and 58 per cent respectively for first jabs.

Jonathan O’Sullivan, acting director of public health in Islington, said: “The vaccine is helping to bring us out of the pandemic. But we need more people in Islington and London to get vaccinated.

“We hope the pop-up at this iconic landmark in the borough will provide some extra incentive. We’d love to get even more people down there than were at Spurs’ stadium last weekend.”

Free appointments can be booked for Arsenal here.

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