This weekend, Charlton Athletics’ ground at the Valley, will become a mass-vaccination site, as people from across Greenwich Borough are being encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
And for an added bonus, the first 1,000 people to get vaccinated at the event will receive a free ticket to a Charlton game, with more prizes on the day.
All attendees will also be able to get a pitch-side view of The Valley.
The government has announced that the planned removal of all COVID-19 related restrictions has been postponed, to allow more time for millions of people to vaccinated. The Royal Borough of Greenwich, Charlton Athletic, South East London Clinical Commissioning Group and Greenwich Health GP Federation have teamed up to arrange this mass-vaccination event..
The AstraZeneca vaccine will be on offer so anyone aged 40 and above can just walk-in with no booking to receive a vaccination.
Wayne Mumford, Charlton Athletic’s Commercial Director, said: “Charlton has a long history of excellent work in the local community and we’re pleased to be joining forces with the Royal Borough of Greenwich council and South East London Clinical Commissioning Group on this important activity as we all work towards a return to some sort of normality. As well as offering a free ticket to the first 1,000 vaccinated on Saturday, we’ll have plenty going on at The Valley. Anyone attending will able to go pitch-side, take part in a variety of competitions and enjoy a full programme of content on our big screen.”
Councillor Danny Thorpe, Executive member for Health and Care and Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “As the government has announced that restrictions will be extended due to increasing infections, we need everyone to get vaccinated to beat this disease and get back to doing the things we love. Getting vaccinated pitch-side at a famous football stadium will be a unique and memorable experience so please take advantage of this offer. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. We need you to help make sure this lockdown is the last. Boroughs across London are leading similar local initiatives in a bid to get as many people vaccinated as possible and ensure a return to the freedoms we all miss.”
Dr Krishna Subbarayan, GP and Governing Body Member NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep people safe and to help us all return to our normal lives. If you haven’t had your first dose and are over 40 come along to this great event on Saturday.”
If you have already booked a vaccination appointment, please continue with it. Or, if you wish to make use of The Valley offer, please cancel your appointment.
Find out more at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/vaccinationatthevalley