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New Covid vaccination centre in Hampstead aims for 1,000 jabs a day

Rec Club was a 'free supermarket' for staff earlier in pandemic and now has been repurposed again

18 January, 2021

The Rec Club

THE Rec Club in Hampstead is being turned into a community vaccination centre which aims to administer 1,000 Covid jabs a day, the Royal Free Charity confirmed this afternoon (Monday).

The New Journal reported last week how the sports hall at the rear of the hospital in Fleet Road was set to be used.

Earlier in the pandemic, it had been a free ‘supermarket’ for staff to get food doing long shifts at the Free. It later re-opened as a gym but now has been repurposed again as a vaccination centre, which shall be managed by GPs.

John Spiers, chief executive of the Royal Free Charity, said: “Volunteer marshals will support the GPs by helping the flow of patients into and around the hub. We’re incredibly grateful to our staff for their flexibility and now these volunteers for giving up their time. And of course it’s our generous donors who make our work possible.”

He added: “It’s great to see staff and volunteers are once again stepping up, this time to do their bit in this extraordinary mission to vaccinate the nation.”

People should not contact the hospital or the charity to book a vaccination. The GP group managing the vaccine hub will contact those eligible according to the priority groups.

A vaccination centre has also been set up at the Francis Crick Institute in Somers Town.


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