By Ron Howells • 11 July 2021 • 8:17
England fans can get a last-minute jab at Wembley drop-in. image: Twitter
England fans can get a last-minute jab at Wembley drop-in if they haven’t already been vaccinated, says top NHS doctor.
Fans attending tonight’s England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy have been urged to use the opportunity to get a Covid jab at the Wembley vaccination centre.
The NHS’s top doctor has urged fans to be a “team player” by getting their vaccination before the game if they have not already had one.
Fans arriving at Wembley for the match will be able to get protected against Covid by dropping into the centre, which is just minutes away from the famous arch.
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, said: “The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, is running throughout the weekend with hundreds of sites offering a walk-in service, so whether you will be cheering on England or have other plans it couldn’t be easier to grab a jab.
“The vaccine is England’s best defence, protecting yourself, your family and your loved ones against Covid, so be a team player and get both your vaccinations in what is a game of two jabs.”
Wembley is not the only football stadium running walk-in vaccination clinics, with Millwall’s The New Den and Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park also joining the national team effort to help inoculate the population during the pandemic.
Other sporting venues supporting the NHS vaccination programme include St Helen’s rugby ground.
The Wembley vaccination site at the Olympic Office Centre will be open from 9 am to 7 pm today, Sunday, July 11, to accommodate football fans.
The NHS will also air an advert during TV coverage of the Euro 2020 final on Sunday night to encourage people who have not been vaccinated to get their jab.
So far 38 million people have been vaccinated by the NHS – more than 85% of all adults- enough to fill Wembley 425 times.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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