Walk-up Pfizer Covid vaccines come to Charlton House on Thursday and Friday

Charlton House in the evening
Charlton House has been used as a vaccination centre since December

Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19 will be available to all adults at Charlton House tomorrow and Friday as the drive to get as many people inoculated as possible steps up.

All over-18s in Greenwich borough will be able to get first or second jabs from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday; with the clinic also open from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm on Friday.

Hundreds of people got their jabs at The Valley last weekend in a mass vaccination event for over-40s, and the stadium will opening its gates once again this Saturday. This time, over-18s from all SE London boroughs will be eligible with Pfizer jabs on offer.

Health chiefs are asking people to book ahead so they can manage demand. Bookings can be made on the Eventbrite website.

The Valley is one of a number of London stadiums to be pressed into service for mass vaccination days, with queues also forming at Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham last weekend.

Valley vaccinators
Vaccinators – including Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe – at The Valley last Saturday (photo: twitter.com/royal_greenwich)

Anyone who has not had a jab can book via their GP or the NHS website.

There are also daily walk-up sessions for over-40s from across SE London at Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital from 8pm to 7pm, and sessions every Tuesday and Friday from 8am to 4pm at Lewisham Hospital. Greenwich borough residents over 40 can also get jabs from 8am to 2pm daily at Woolwich Late Night Pharmacy on General Gordon Square.

More details of clinics across Greenwich and other SE London boroughs – some are being organised at short notice – are on the NHS SE London website.

Thursday update: We’ve been told by one attendee and by volunteers at the clinic that there has been a “miscommunication” and second jabs are not available.


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The Valley to become mass vaccination centre this Saturday

The Valley
The season might be over, but The Valley is set for socially-distanced crowds on Saturday

Charlton Athletic’s stadium will become a mass vaccination centre for one day on Saturday – with all Greenwich borough residents who have not yet had a jab invited to the drop-in session.

The first 1,000 people at The Valley between 8am and 8pm will get a free ticket for a future Charlton match, with other prizes on offer during the day.

While The Valley has been open to locals with appointments for jabs since March, Saturday will be the first time its gates have been flung open for all, with people set to queue up around the pitch to get their vaccine.

AstraZeneca vaccines will be on offer for those over 40; under-40s will also be able to get the jab but will need a clinical assessment first. People who have had their first vaccine eight weeks ago but not yet had their second are also invited. More details are on the Greenwich Council website.

While nearly 80 per cent of the UK population have had one at least one jab, that figure falls to 60 per cent in Greenwich. While London has a comparatively younger population, there is still some ground to be made up in older age groups – nearly a quarter of people aged 50 to 55 in Greenwich have still not had a jab, according to Public Health England data.

Pop-up clinics are taking place around the borough with other vaccines, often at short notice – today will see Pfizer jabs offered to over-25s at the Clockhouse community centre on the Woolwich Dockyard estate from 9am to 4.30pm.

Pfizer vaccines will also be offered at the Wallace health centre in Clarence Road, Deptford, on Wednesday; the Amal Pharmacy in Greenwich Millennium Village on Thursday and Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre in Eltham on Friday.

In addition, the Woolwich Late Night Pharmacy in General Gordon Square is offering AstraZeneca vaccines to over-40s every day from 8am to 2pm until July 25.

Regular listings of pop-up vaccination centres can be found on the NHS South East London website – which also includes neighbouring boroughs – and on Greenwich Council’s social media feeds.


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Charlton Athletic’s Alan Curbishley Stand takes shape at The Valley

Alan Curbishley Stand
The stand will be formally unveiled in August

The Valley’s East Stand is no more – as of today it bears the name of one of Charlton Athletic’s most successful managers.

With the Addicks’ season now over, work was nearing competition this afternoon on renaming the East Stand after Alan Curbishley, who led the club into the Premier League in 1998 and again in 2000.

The South Stand has long been named after Jimmy Seed, the man who transformed the Addicks into a footballing force in the 1930s and won the FA Cup as manager in 1947. Earlier this year, fans launched a petition to have the East Stand – the first to be built after the club returned to The Valley in 1992 – named after Curbishley.

Now 63, Curbishley spent two spells at the club as a midfielder in the 1980s and 1990s, and managed the side between 1991 and 2006. He also played for and managed West Ham United, and played at both Aston Villa and Birmingham City as well as Brighton and Hove Albion.

But it was in his 15 years as Charlton manager that he achieved his greatest successes, winning the first division play-off final in 1998. While the team were relegated from the Premier League the following season, Charlton then won the division in 2000, leading to a seven-year Premier League stay.

The club announced six weeks ago that the stand would be named after him, marking 30 years since he first became manager.

At the time, Curbishley told the club website that he was “stunned” to hear the news. “When I was told, I started thinking about other people that have had stands named after them – both players and managers,” he said. I know that Billy Bonds and Trevor Booking have at West Ham – they were delighted when the stands were named after them. Then you’ve got Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish – there are not a lot of people who have had stands named after them, for me to be one of them is a great honour.”

Local residents getting their Covid-19 vaccinations at The Valley have been able to see a sneak preview of the the new signage – but the official unveiling is not due to be until August, when the Addicks have their first home game.


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