Thousands get their Covid vaccine jab at home of football

Queues stretched around Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium from Friday to Monday

Friday, 2nd July 2021 — By Helen Chapman

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Some of the visitors who protected themselves against Covid

NEARLY 9,000 people got their Covid jabs during a four-day mass vaccination event at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

With everybody over the age of 18 now eligible for a dose, queues stretched around the ground from Friday to Monday.

Jonathan O’Sullivan, Islington Council’s acting director for public health, said: “We are extremely grateful to the dedicated team of volunteers and staff who made it possible for thousands of people to get their jabs at the Emirates Stadium pop-up clinic.

“We are continuing to do everything we can to ensure that people across Islington are able to get protected against the virus, and would urge anyone who is eligible and has yet to be vaccinated to book their appointment today.”

Linzi Roberts-Egan, chief executive of Islington Council, said: “To have vaccinated so many people in such a short time is nothing short of incredible, and it was such a slick, well-organised event with an amazing buzz from the crowd.

“It’s so important that we all continue to do our bit to keep one another safe during the pandemic, and the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Mike Clowes, chief executive of Islington GP Federation, said: “The commitment of a core team from multiple organisations made it possible from a standing start in under two weeks.

Visitors were also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the stunning stadium.

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