Time for second Covid-19 dose for thousands vaccinated at London Stadium

People who received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the London Stadium in Stratford are being reminded that it’s time for their second jab.

Thousands had their first jab at a mass vaccination clinic on Saturday 19 June.

Eight weeks on, anyone who was vaccinated at the NHS event can now get their second dose. You do not need to wait to be invited.

Everyone vaccinated at the stadium who has not already done so can book their second dose on the national booking system website, call 119, or find out about other local sites and walk-in clinics where no appointment is needed. Full details of where and how you can do this are here.

The two vaccination centres nearest to London Stadium are at Westfield Stratford City – one located at the old Ikea and Dwell retail unit and the other on The Street. You can turn up to get a Pfizer jab, with or without an appointment, from 8am to 6.30pm seven days a week.

Second doses are really important in giving you maximum protection against Covid-19. Vaccines reduce the chance of Covid-19 infection by almost 80% after two doses and only 35% after one. Having two doses of the Pfizer vaccine give you 96% protection against hospitalisation.

From 16 August, the self-isolation rules are changing for those who are fully vaccinated: people who have had both doses of the vaccine will not need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has Covid-19 (you will still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive, or if you have symptoms, and have had your second vaccine in the UK at least 14 days before contact). This means being fully vaccinated will reduce the chance of you needing to miss work or the activities you love to self-isolate.

Thousands had their first jab at the London Stadium on 19 June and organisers hailed “an outstanding collective effort” as the event was a huge success.

Dr Jagan John, Chair of NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“It was a fantastic turnout on 19 June and our teams did an amazing job – to give so many vaccine doses on the day was an outstanding collective effort.

“We know many people who were vaccinated at the event have booked their second dose but eight weeks on, now is the time for anyone who has yet to do so to get theirs. You can book online at a site convenient to you or simply walk in to lots of different centres.

“Not only are second doses absolutely vital in giving you the full protection from Covid but they are really easy to get. This flexibility doesn’t just apply to second doses but first doses too.”

The stadium event formed part of the work being done by the NHS and its partners to encourage people to come forward for one of the safe, effective Covid-19 vaccines, increase vaccination uptake within all communities in north east London and ensure that no one is left behind.

The clinic was open to anyone aged 18 and over living in Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest, who had not received their first Covid-19 jab. Vaccinations were led by a clinical team from East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT).