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Phillips visits Elland Road vaccination centre

9 Feb 2021
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Leeds United midfielder sees latest Premier League venue to become a COVID-19 vaccination centre

The latest Premier League club's facility to join the fight against COVID-19 is Elland Road, the home of Leeds United, which is being used as part of a network of vaccination centres across the city.

The centre in the Centenary Pavilion opened on Monday and will play an important role in helping the vaccination programme across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Before the centre opened local-born Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips went to have a look, meeting the staff on duty and learning more about the work the NHS is doing to vaccinate the local community.

Dr Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, told the club's official website: "The centre will be a hugely positive benefit to the vaccination programme both now and over the next few months, and an additional choice for people as they are invited to get their vaccine."

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Leeds United Women defender Olivia Smart is an advanced practitioner for Leeds Training Hospitals' Transplant Team and since December has been volunteering to help get people vaccinated.

She was at Elland Road on Monday to administer the first jab at the centre, where she will regularly volunteer her time over the next few months.

As well as Elland Road, the stadiums of Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have become vaccination centres, while Manchester City's Etihad Campus has also been providing this service.

Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United have allowed their stadiums to be used as vaccinations training centres, while the car park to Tottenham Hotspur's stadium is acting as a COVID-19 testing centre for the local community.  

Hotel rooms at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium are again being offered to NHS staff at the local hospital.

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