1,128 people were vaccinated at Watford’s second ‘Super Sunday’ Pfizer clinic, with Vicarage Road stadium transformed into a vaccination centre as part of the town’s efforts to reduce infection rates and protect people from new variants of the virus.
The clinic ran from 10am to 6pm on 22 August and was open to anyone aged 16 and over living in Watford – for first and second doses of the vaccine. The event was organised by Watford Borough Council, the local NHS, Hertfordshire County Council, Watford FC, Three Rivers District Council and a whole host of community organisations.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “Thank you to everyone who got the vaccine: it is instrumental in the fight against Covid-19 and is the best way we can protect ourselves, our friends and family. It was also really good to see so many people there from groups who have been under-vaccinated so far. Well done to everyone who turned out, got their jab and were ‘vaccinated at the Vic.’”
Dr Asif Faizy, local GP and NHS Herts Valleys CCG board member said: “If you couldn’t attend today’s event – please remember that it’s never too late to join the thousands of people in west Hertfordshire who have made the decision to protect themselves and their families. You will always be warmly welcomed in our county’s vaccination clinics.”
For anyone who missed out on the Super Sunday clinic, there are also lots of community vaccination clinics and vaccination centres available to get vaccinated at a time and a place that suits you. For more information, please visit covid.healthierfuture.org.uk.
Benjamin, a Watford teenager who came along for his first dose, said about the vaccine: “Most of my friends are happy to go get it. They understand it’s important for everyone.”
The event formed part of the work being done by the council, NHS and partners to encourage people to come forward for one of the Covid-19 vaccines, increase vaccination uptake within all communities in the town and ensure that no one is left behind. Vaccinations were delivered by a clinical team from across Watford, including Manor View Practice, Abbotswood Health Centre, Watford Health Centre, Sheepcot Medical Centre, Vine House Health Centre and Upton Road Surgery.
To keep people entertained and spirits high whilst they waited for their vaccine, residents enjoyed the street entertainment on show and refreshments provided by sponsors Watford Chamber of Commerce, Sewa Day, Wenzels, Dominos, Costco and Tesco.
Mayor Peter Taylor added: “The Covid vaccine programme is the largest vaccination campaign in NHS history and teams across Watford have been working tirelessly to ensure the town’s response to the vaccination programme has been a success. The Super Sunday clinic was the biggest pop-up clinic we have done so far, so I want to thank all the GPs and teams across the town for the tremendous effort today administering the vaccine and ensuring the vaccine rollout is a success in the area.”
Dr Faizy added: “We’ve seen the very best of Watford today – when everyone in the community pulls together, we can achieve so much. I’d like to thank the generous volunteers who have given up their weekend to support the vaccination campaign, and also Watford Borough Council, local businesses, NHS staff and community organisations who made today possible.”
Richard Walker, Watford FC’s Head of Communications and Media Relations: “We’re happy to have played our part in hosting this truly collective community effort. The relationship with our NHS next-door neighbours could not be any stronger right now and we look forward to working together in the future for the benefit of local people.”