Yesterday, Munira visited The Stoop, the ground of the Harlequins, to see the new vaccination centre that has opened there.

The Stoop will add crucial vaccination capacity for local residents in Twickenham, Teddington, Whitton, St Margarets, the Hamptons and beyond. The site will hugely increase the numbers of appointments available as 500 jabs a day will initially be administered, with a possibility of expanding further at a later date.

NHS staff showed Munira around the site, together with Harlequins CEO Laurie Dalrymple.

Following the visit, Munira said:

“Whilst The Stoop is unable to welcome spectators due to the pandemic, I am delighted that it remains at the centre of our local community by opening as a vaccination hub, having previously operated for plasma and blood donation.

“With ample space and parking, it is a convenient and safe addition to the many GP vaccination hubs already operating right across the area and I am really grateful to Quins for stepping up at this critical time for our country, and to the NHS for bringing together such a slick operation so quickly.

“Vaccination is absolutely key to saving lives and helping us slowly return as close to normality as possible in the coming months. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and have been rigorously tested. As soon as people are contacted by the NHS for their jab, I urge them to make and attend their appointments”