‘Get your jab on Super Saturday’: Health chiefs’ plea to young Londoners as cases soar among 20-24-year-olds


oung Londoners were today urged to get jabbed on a vaccination “Super Saturday” as confirmed Covid-19 cases soared among 20 to 24-year-olds in some boroughs.

Thousands of appointments were available at mass vaccination centres at West Ham, Chelsea and Charlton tomorrow and at Spurs on Sunday.

All those over 18 are now eligible for a vaccine and the hope this weekend was for the capital to deliver 100,000 jabs a day and reach the landmark figure of five million Londoners having had at least one dose. Professor Fenton told the Standard: “Our collective mission over the coming weeks is clear — we must keep case rates down as we further expand the vaccination roll-out.”

He also warned: “Case rates are on the increase across the city, with sharp rises among the 20-24 age group in some areas. We need young Londoners everywhere to help get us over the line by getting jabbed, getting tested and following the basics of Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air at all times.”

The capital currently lags behind other regions in the vaccination roll-out, leaving it more vulnerable to a surge in cases.

Only about 8,000 of the 15,000 vaccine appointments available at the Olympic stadium, home to West Ham, had been reserved by Thursday night, the Standard understands — prompting the Mayor to urge Londoners not to miss the chance to get protected.

Mr Khan, who was meeting vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi today to press the case for more Pfizer and Moderna jabs for Londoners under 40, told the Standard: “We are working incredibly hard to make this weekend a massive success.”

He said the mass vaccination events were vital in encouraging younger Londoners who have not received an official jab invitation — often because they are not registered with a GP — to come forward.

“We are relying on the Standard and others to let Londoners know that there are these opportunities this weekend to receive the jab,” he said.


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