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NHS and Council thank Quins rugby club as Stoop vaccination clinic is due to close

25 August 2021

In the past seven months sports clubs, arts venues and shopping centres across south west London have been transformed into warm and friendly community vaccination centres where local people feel safe to go to get COVID-19 jabs. 

Since the Twickenham Stoop Stadium vaccination site opened in February 2021, the NHS in south west London and Harlequins Rugby Club have delivered well over 75,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.

However, with almost all COVID-19 restrictions being eased, Harlequins needs to reopen the stadium to fans for the new league season, which starts next month.

Vaccinating will stop at the Harlequins clinic on Monday 30 August 2021, but there will continue to be capacity for hundreds of vaccinations each day at nearby vaccination sites.

These include the Richmond GP-led centres at Essex House in Barnes, Acorn Group Practice in Twickenham and York Medical Practice. The Roehampton vaccination centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital is offering vaccination, and nearby in Kingston vaccination is also available at the Hawks Road vaccination site, as well as Ace and PSM Pharmacies. View a list of further vaccination sites.

There is further capacity for thousands more vaccinations each day across south west London at five community vaccination sites, three hospital hubs, GP led vaccination centres, and numerous community pharmacies.

Dr Patrick Gibson, Richmond GP lead said:

"We are immensely grateful to the team at Harlequins for their support, with many of their staff becoming part of the NHS vaccine family. This strong relationship means that we know we can call them again if needed in the future and meanwhile Quins has gained a legion of NHS fans.

"For people eligible for their first or second doses, there are a host of sites and more than enough appointments available nearby and I would urge them to come forward at the right time – the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and will protect you, your family, your friends and the wider community."

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

"I would like to say a big thank you to the Harlequins and all the staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly since February, jabbing a phenomenal number of arms and keeping us all safe. Over the weeks and months ahead, we will work with the CCG to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities across the borough for local people to have their vaccination. We still have a long way to go, a lot of people still need their second jabs, we have around 5,000 16 and 17 year olds still to vaccinate and then the autumn boosters programme.

"For anyone who is eligible for the vaccine and has not yet had their first appointment, I urge you to go online now and book your appointment, or attend one of the many walk-in centres across South West London."

Harlequins CEO Laurie Dalrymple, added:

"It has been Harlequins’ honour to host the NHS vaccine rollout over the last seven months. To see 75,000 doses handed out in The Chris Robshaw Bar has allowed us to contribute to the protection of both our local community and the general population during an immensely challenging period for the entire world.

"While we look forward to hosting full stadiums once again, we wish our friends in the NHS nothing but the best with the continuation of the vaccine rollout. And of course, a huge thank you to those in the NHS that have worked tirelessly to help protect us all. It has been a privilege to work alongside you."

More than 1.8 million vaccinations have now been given across south west London and over the summer we have the capacity to deliver a further 170,000 doses to local people who have not yet come forward. This includes second doses as well as those who have not yet been vaccinated and need first and second doses.

It is never too late for people to get vaccinated and bookings can be made on the National Booking Service. Alternatively, call freephone 119. See all the information about vaccination walk-in and pop-up vaccination sites in South West London

Second doses are available to people over 18 who had their first dose eight weeks ago, in line with JCVI guidance.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

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Updated: 25 August 2021