The London Stadium is set to become the latest of the capital’s stadiums to be used as a mass vaccination centre later this month.
Confirmation of an agreement between the stadium’s operator, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the NHS is expected in the coming days with a deal agreed for the stadium to be open at a weekend date in the coming weeks which will see thousands of east London residents receive their jab.
The vaccination centre is expected to be booking only with those behind the operation keen to avoid the three-hour queues that ensued when a rugby-themed walk-in at Twickenham vaccinated about 11,000 last week.
West Ham United, the stadium’s primary tenants, have not had any role in the agreement.
“London Stadium is working with the local NHS on how we can use the stadium as a potential vaccination centre,” an NHS spokesman said. “Please do not contact the stadium for vaccination bookings.
“In the meantime, anyone aged 25 and over can book a vaccination at one of many local vaccination sites on the national booking system or by calling 119.”
As of Tuesday night 61% of the population had received their first jab with 42% fully innoculated. However, the uptake has been below national averages in certain areas of east London for a number of reasons.
It is hoped that having a mass vaccination drive at the former Olympic Stadium can help with concerns around the Delta variant growing.
Meanwhile, UEFA has confirmed that the NHS app will be used as a vaccine passport for England’s Euro 2020 group stage games at Wembley. About 22,500 are expected at Sunday’s Group E opener against Croatia and those who have not had both doses will need to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test.
“Everyone accessing the stadium must present a negative lateral flow test, reported and demonstrated via a text message or email,” the governing body said.
“The test needs to be taken within 51 hours before kick-off or proof of full vaccination within the UK demonstrated via the NHS app.”