Watford FC ground to host Covid vaccination clinic

A mass vaccination centre will open at Watford's Vicarage Road Stadium this Sunday (27 June).

The football ground is being transformed into a pop-up clinic for over 18s, who have not yet received their first Covid-19 injection.

Doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed to individuals from 10am until 9pm on Sunday.  

You do not need to bring ID or be registered with a GP to get vaccinated. 

Those wishing to attend can book an appointment or turn up on the day – however people will need to queue to enter the stadium. 

The Super Sunday event has been organised as part of efforts to reduce infection rates, and protect residents against new Covid-19 variants.

Dr Asif Faizy, Board GP Watford and Three Rivers and Locality Chair of NHS Herts Valleys CCG, said:

“Getting vaccinated is the way to protect yourself and your loved ones, please come down to the FC; myself and all of the doctors will be happy to answer any questions you have.

“There will be helpers there who speak a number of the languages used locally if you need a translator.”

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, added:

“I am delighted we are now able to speed up the protection to the local community through this mass vaccination clinic, as it will give us the best chance locally of being able to enjoy the things we love in the summer.

“I would like to thank everyone who is helping us make this happen, especially the local doctors and volunteers, as well of course Watford FC, the businesses who have sponsored it, and the charities supporting it.

“The best thing that any of us can do to stop Covid spreading in Watford is to get both doses of the vaccine.”

Access to the stadium can be obtained from outside The Hornets shop and Occupation Road.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, with disabled parking also available.

A controlled queueing system will be implemented to maintain social distancing.

Individuals are required to wear face masks at all times, when inside the building (unless exempt).

The mass vaccination centre is being supported by Watford Chamber of Commerce, Wenzels, and local charity Sewa Day.

There will also be entertainment from Dickensian Ding Dong, Sid Bowfin, Sparky the Robot and Elton Wrong to help keep spirits high, as people wait for their injections.

Parking will not be available at the club or on surrounding streets.

Visitors are asked to consider using public transport when travelling to the stadium or walking in order to avoid congestion.

The flexible minibus service co-ordinated by ArrivaClick is offering travel at £1 per fare.

Additionally, there are numerous Beryl bike share parking bays within the vicinity.

If you are driving, nearby car parks include:

  • The Gade in Rosslyn Road (WD17 1PL). 
  • The Avenue in Hempstead Road (WD17 4NR). 
  • Town Hall Car Park.

All are a five minute walk away.

To book an appointment for this Sunday’s clinic at Vicarage Road visit:

www.watford.gov.uk/supersunday 

Alternatively you can call 01923 278616 (open Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 7pm).

 A member of staff will make a booking on your behalf.

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