People aged 18 and over living in north east London are being invited to have their first Covid-19 jab at an NHS vaccination clinic in Stratford on Saturday (19 June).
The event is being held from 10am to 8pm at the London Stadium on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and anyone eligible who wishes to attend will be required to pre-book their jab.
No walk-in vaccinations will be offered on the day.
Bookings are now open to anyone in eligible groups living in Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest who still require their first Covid-19 jab. To book an appointment, people need to register on Eventbrite here.
Dr Jagan John, Chair of NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Our teams have done an amazing job working quickly to get ready to meet the tough logistical challenges of delivering the vaccinations, and we are immensely grateful for the support we have received from our local partners in organising this event, including the management and staff at the London Stadium who are offering their time and facilities to help the NHS.
“The coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, and getting vaccinated is the best form of protection against Covid-19 so we would encourage anyone eligible in north east London who has not yet had their first jab to come forward and book an appointment.
“When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping to protect the whole community.”
The event forms part of the work being done by the NHS and its partners to encourage people to come forward for one of the safe, effective Covid-19 vaccines, increase vaccination uptake within all communities in north east London and ensure that no one is left behind. Vaccinations will be led by a clinical team from East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Paul Gilluley, Chief Medical Officer for the East London NHS Foundation Trust, said: "With the rapid spread of the coronavirus variants, it is especially important as many people are vaccinated as soon as possible. I strongly encourage all our residents and service users across east London to book an appointment online for this Saturday's mass vaccination event."
Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, said: “This vital mass-vaccination event in Newham will help us deliver more vaccinations to those who need them. It is vital that anyone eligible who has not had the vaccination make an appointment via the Eventbrite link.”
Graham Gilmore, CEO, London Stadium, said: “We are proud to support the brilliant work of the NHS by making the Stadium available for the vaccine rollout in this part of London on Saturday.
“We are committed to helping our local community during this pandemic and hope that this is an opportunity for those waiting to get their first jab to do so safely in our venue, in the accessible surrounds of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
Baroness Karren Brady, Vice-Chairman of West Ham United Football Club, said: “Getting as many people vaccinated as possible will save lives and is the best way for us to beat Covid-19.
“The football family has pulled together throughout the pandemic in support of our local communities and West Ham United is proud to continue our strong partnership with our local NHS trusts, assisting with this event as part of the national effort. This is an important step on the road to once again all of us enjoying the things we love doing together.” For more information, including details of more than 50 other vaccination sites in north east London, visit:
The full link for people to book a vaccination is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-stadium-vaccination-event-on-saturday-19-june-2021-tickets-158453922949