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COVID-19: England’s biggest coronavirus vaccination centre in west London breaks policy to offer jab to anyone over 18 for today only | UK News

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(*18*) biggest vaccination centre at Twickenham Stadium in west London is providing COVID jabs to anyone over the age of 18 for today only.

Thousands of individuals have already been given a vaccine dose on the coronavirus vaccination centre, and the native NHS belief mentioned they may now open it up to all adults.

It tweeted: “Still areas and vaccine left: now open to all 18 and over who can get right here earlier than 7.30pm!”

Government pointers say only folks over the age of 30 are eligible for the jab however medics provided it to all adults in an effort to guarantee nothing is wasted.

Thousands of individuals vaccinated at @twickenhamstad today. Still areas and vaccine left: now open to all 18 and over who can get right here earlier than 7.30pm!

— @HealthierNWL (@HealthierNWL) May 31, 2021

Up to 15,000 Pfizer vaccine doses have been made obtainable as a part of the “Let’s Tackle COVID” occasion at Twickenham Stadium, which has been operating from 10am to 8pm.

The occasion was initially only providing first doses to eligible members of the general public in the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

But by 2.30pm, organisers mentioned anyone over 18 may flip up for a jab.

Several native boroughs started surge testing earlier this month after a number of instances of the Indian variant had been found.

Hounslow in explicit had been recognized as a hotspot for the brand new variant, which is believed to be extra transmissible and will delay the 21 June reopening in England.

A spokesperson for Twickenham Stadium mentioned they had been “proud” the venue was supporting one of many “biggest walk-in vaccination occasions” in England.

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Vaccines are being handed out at Twickenham Stadium in west London

The vaccine offer has been expanded to all adults for today only. Pic: NHS North West London CCG

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The vaccine offer has been expanded to all adults for today only. Pic: NHS North West London CCG

Scotland worldwide rugby union participant Rory Hutchinson was amongst those that queued up for a jab, saying afterwards it was the “proper factor to do”.

“It was a very clean course of. I believed they had been very skilled. It was straightforward to discover. I walked straight in and obtained my vaccine performed. Then simply had to wait a short time to ensure that I used to be OK,” the 25-year-old mentioned.

“I believe we’ve been by way of a very robust time lately and hopefully we’re on the mend now. I’m simply doing what I can to assist that.”

Student Flo Flake-Parsons, 24, additionally turned up for a vaccine and mentioned there have been no queues by the point she obtained her jab in the afternoon.

“It has been a very garbage time for everybody and this can be a good step again in the direction of normality,” she mentioned.

More than 100 vaccinators are working at the stadium

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More than 100 vaccinators are working on the stadium

Dr Genevieve Small, who’s the medical lead for the northwest London vaccination programme, mentioned the occasion was for “individuals who maybe knew they had been allowed to get the vaccine however had not come round to sorting it out, or who’ve simply been extra spontaneous, or who had beforehand had questions in regards to the programme and now really feel prepared to come ahead for the vaccination”.

“There is, in fact, a need [or a need] to ensure that we’re defending the areas which are seeing extra instances of the brand new variant,” she mentioned.

“We have been given the chance [to do this]. We have been given the vaccine and we’ve gone for it.”

More than 100 vaccinators are on obligation to hand out jabs and 1000’s have queued up across the rugby pitch.

The occasion was organised by the native NHS belief in partnership with Hounslow Council and supported by (*18*) Rugby Football Union (RFU).