Thousands of people to be vaccinated at Twickenham Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday

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<p>Twickenham Stadium</p> (Getty Images)

Twickenham Stadium

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As many as 15,000 jabs will be given at Twickenham rugby station on Bank Holiday Monday as part of a drive to push down case numbers.

The event, called Let’s Tackle Covid, aims to get as many people jabbed as possible as cases of the Indian coronavirus variant surge in nearby Hounslow.

Although people will be seen without making an appointment, the organisers are advising people to book a slot online in advance to cut down waiting times.

Pippa Nightingale, chief nurse in north-west London said: “We know we are finally due some lovely weather on Monday but if you are eligible and you haven’t had your vaccine yet, we encourage you to take some time out of your day and come and see us.”

The event is being organised by the local NHS trust in partnership with Hounslow Council and supported by England Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Hounslow Council’s director of public health Kelly O’Neill said getting the vaccine is “the single most important step” residents can take to protect themselves and others from the virus.

Twickenham Stadium’s venue director Mark Lynch said: “We are proud to have supported the NHS for over a year during the pandemic, first with a test centre in Twickenham Stadium car park and now to set up this mass vaccination facility in record time.

“It’s taken less than a week to turn around and I’d like to thank all 600 stadium and NHS employees involved for their hard work to make this happen.

“Like rugby clubs across the country, we feel it’s important for us to us to do our bit to support our local communities.”

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