LONDON (Reuters) – A mass walk-in vaccine clinic at London’s Twickenham stadium, the house of English rugby, on Monday was providing COVID-19 vaccines to anybody over 18, with native well being officers saying they had been aiming for 15,000 photographs in a day.
Anyone aged 30 or over is presently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, however as a part of a “Let’s Tackle COVID” vaccination occasion on the rugby stadium, well being officers made the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines out there to any adult because the day wore on.
“Thousands of individuals vaccinated at Twickenham at this time. Still areas and vaccine left: now open to all 18 and over who can get right here earlier than 7.30pm,” the well being service’s North West London Clinical Commissioning Group stated on Twitter.
The mass-vaccination drive, which coincided with a public vacation, was organized in response to a rise of COVID-19 instances within the space.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that extremely transmissible B.1.617.2 variant of concern first recognized in India may sprint his hopes of absolutely lifting lockdown restrictions in England on June 21, and he has urged folks to get vaccinated.
Over 127,000 folks have died in Britain from COVID-19, one of many highest dying totals on this planet, though its vaccination programme is progressing effectively, with round three-quarters of adults having obtained a minimum of one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Christina Fincher)