24 June 2021

People aged 18 and over in north east London are being urged to come forward to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after thousands had their first jab at an NHS event in Stratford.

Organisers hailed “an outstanding collective effort” after the mass vaccination clinic at the London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday (19 June).

The clinic ran from 10am to 8pm and was open to anyone aged 18 and over living in Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest, who had not received their first Covid-19 jab, with people invited to pre-book.

Dr Paul Gilluley, Chief Medical Officer at ELFT said: “It was a great day for East London, with many thousands of young people from across our boroughs getting their first vaccine but the journey isn’t over yet. Variants of the COVID-19 virus are still spreading. I strongly urge anyone who hasn’t get booked a vaccine to go online and do it without delay.”

Drag Race UK star Bimini Bon Boulash was among those to receive their first COVID-19 jab on Saturday.

Thanks to Staff and Volunteers
A massive thanks to clinical staff from ELFT and across the sector who gave up their Saturday to improve vaccinations rates for local people. Staff signed up to be vaccinators, administrators, front-of-house welcomes, runners and general helpers. Chief Executive Paul Calaminus rolled up his sleeves and worked as an administrator to record people's details. A massive thank you needs to go to the St John's Ambulance volunteers who were superb in supporting people before and after their jabs.

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It is vital that everyone gets their first vaccine to start the first step to building their immunity. The Delata variant of COVID is highly infectious but people who have had two vaccine dose so not appear to become seriously unwell. Hospitalisations  consist mainly of peopl ewho have underlying issues , or have had one or no vaccine doeses.

Among the vaccination clinics in north east London this weekend include:

A ‘Big Pfizer Saturday’ event on Saturday at the Sir Lugwig Guttman Health Centre at 40 Liberty Bridge Road, Stratford E20 1AS. It runs from 8.20am to 7.40pm. Full booking details are available at https://www.newham.gov.uk/bookyourvaccine

A walk-in clinic at Broadway Theatre, Barking on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. It is open to anyone aged 18-plus for first or second Pfizer jabs, and second AstraZeneca jabs. No proof of address, immigration status, or NHS number is required – just proof of age (driving licence/passport).

A vaccination clinic for the local Bangladeshi community in Hackney from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday at Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road E9 6SJ. It is open to anyone aged 18-plus living in Hackney or the City of London. Translators will be on hand. You can pre-book by calling 07519 715039 or turn up on the day.

In Tower Hamlets, vaccination clinics are being held from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm at The Art Pavilion in Clinton Road, Mile End, London E3 4QY. Everyone aged 18-plus is welcome, with or without documentation, including migrants and those who are homeless.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at more than 50 sites across north east London, the ELFT run one at Stratford Westfield, local pharmacies. Appointments can be booked via the National Booking Site. For more information, visit: https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/covid-19-vaccination-programme.htm

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Did you get your first COVID-19 vaccine at the London Stadium on Saturday 19 June? Please go ahead and book your second vaccine on the National Booking Service now. Do not delay, you will be able to book a vaccine at a time and venue convenient to you. If you cannot go online, you can call 119 instead to book your jab.

It is really important you have both doses of the vaccine to give you maximum protection from Covid-19 so book your appointment for the soonest available time.