Harlequins can confirm that the club’s Twickenham stadium will become a vaccination centre.
The newly re-branded Chris Robshaw Bar (formerly the King’s Bar) will host vaccinations seven days a week, outside of matchdays, commencing in the next few weeks.
The support of the vaccine rollout continues an outstanding history of collaborations between Harlequins and the NHS, with the club having hosted NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) blood plasma donations at the stadium throughout the Covid-19 situation to date and blood donations in years leading up to the pandemic.
When it is the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward for a vaccine – for most people this will be a letter, either from their GP or the national NHS.
People should not call the NHS or vaccine sites to get an appointment until they are contacted by the NHS. Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website.
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and GP lead for the roll out of the vaccine in south west London said: “Our teams have done an amazing job working quickly to get ready to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccinations, and we are immensely grateful for the support of organisations like Harlequins who are offering their time and facilities to help the NHS.
“The coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, and will offer people a vital defence against the virus, but we can’t be complacent, it is still so important that people continue to follow government guidance and keep their distance.
“The NHS will invite eligible people for the vaccine at a set time to ensure those most at risk are prioritised, it is important not to contact your GP for a vaccination before then.”
Harlequins CEO Laurie Dalrymple said: “We are delighted to support the response to this global pandemic. The Club has worked closely with the NHS for many years and we are delighted to continue this to support our local community at such a challenging time.
“Harlequins is much more than a rugby club and we feel a responsibility to serve our community through our profile and utilising our facilities.”