Wimbledon residents who are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, have some interesting choices when it comes to picking a vaccination centre.
Over the past few weeks, several new sites have opened up for people who meet the government criteria – currently those aged over 50, health and care workers, people who are clinically vulnerable and unpaid carers.
You can book a jab on the NHS website or by calling 119. Do so, and you could opt to be vaccinated at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon town centre. The vaccination centre is situated in the former Gap store on the upper level.
Or, you can get a glimpse of AFC Wimbledon’s brand-new stadium while you get your vaccination. The ground opened last autumn after a long struggle to bring the local team back to its former home on Plough Lane. Coronavirus restrictions mean that no fans have been allowed onto the site – until now.
Another option is Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton. The hospital has an interesting history, having opened as a pioneering centre for the treatment of First World War veterans – and is now part of the biggest vaccination programme in British history.
Elsewhere in south west London, vaccination centres include Battersea Arts Centre, Harlequins Stoop rugby ground in Twickenham and Crystal Palace football club’s Selhurst Park stadium.
You must have an appointment to attend any of these centres, but bookings can be made direct on the NHS website.
Alternatively, people eligible are being invited to book in at GP-run sites, including the Nelson Hospital in Wimbledon.
The NHS has also been vaccinating thousands of people at pop-up clinics in local community settings, including Wimbledon’s Shree Ghanapathy Hindu temple and the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden.
Find out more about the Covid-19 vaccination programme on the South West London NHS website.