Another chance to get your jab at the home of Arsenal

‘Come to the Emirates Stadium for vaccination – no questions asked’

Friday, 6th August 2021 — By Richard Osley

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At the last Emirates event, the over-18s were only just eligible for vaccination

A SECOND mass Covid vaccination event kicks off at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected to get a Pfizer jab – both first and second doses – when the Gunners’ ground is opened up for a four-day offer.

The council was stressing this week that people did not have to be registered with a GP for a vaccine and that they would not be asked their immigration status – an issue that may have left people wary of coming forward.

Vaccinations can be booked beforehand or people can walk up on the day with the stadium in Ashburton Grove open between 9.30am and 6.30pm. Around 8,000 people received a dose at the first “GunnerGetJabbed” event in June. Second doses are only offered if there is an eight-week gap since the first was administered.

Jab queue around the Emirates in June

Tim Jaggard, acting chief executive of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Arsenal and Islington Council to run this second vaccination event. We want to make it easy for everyone to get jabbed. If you need your first jab, or it is eight weeks since your first Pfizer jab, please come down – we look forward to welcoming you and helping to protect you from Covid-19.”

Jonathan O’Sullivan, acting director of public health in Islington, said: “Our aim is simple – we want everyone aged over 18 in Islington to have the opportunity to get fully vaccinated, and especially anyone who hasn’t had their first jab yet to come to the stadium and get it done. Remember, you do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number, and no one is going to ask about immigration status.

“At the last Emirates event, the over-18s had only just become eligible for the vaccine so we expect to see strong demand from younger people who, for whatever reason, haven’t got round to it yet. And we welcome anyone who has not yet had their first jab, or who is now eligible for their second Pfizer dose.”

He added: “The vaccine is safe, and the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. What is even better to know, is that the vaccines are proving very highly effective against the new, more infectious Delta variant. With infections rates again so high in the borough, now is a really good time to get vaccinated. And what better place to get the vaccine than the iconic Emirates Stadium.”

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