Thousands of young people were given a Covid vaccine at football grounds and stadiums after they were transformed into mass vaccination centres on Saturday.

Giant jab clinics have been set up for over-18s at the Olympic Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace Athletics Centre in London

Smaller events are also taking place in local community venues in a drive to vaccinate as many Londoners as possible.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was "delighted" to visit Chelsea FC's ground at Stamford Bridge and see the work of vaccinators at the club's stadium.

Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge Ground is used as a Covid vaccination centre
Chelsea Football Club's Stamford Bridge Ground is used as a Covid vaccination centre

The ground had 6,000 Pfizer vaccines to administer on Saturday, with the jab being offered to all adults over the age of 18 yet to receive a first dose, as well as those awaiting a second Pfizer dose.

Mr Khan said: "Chelsea FC, West Ham at the London Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Charlton Athletic FC, are hosting large-scale pop-up clinics.

He added that "there are a huge number of events taking place in local community centres, so that as many people as possible get convenient access to the life-saving Covid jabs.

"You do not need to be registered with a GP to get vaccinated.

"It is great news that more than eight million doses of the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine have been given to Londoners, and now all adults over the age of 18 are able to get the jab.

Thousands flocked to Stamford Bridge throughout the day amid heavy security
Thousands flocked to Stamford Bridge throughout the day amid heavy security
Thousands went along to the pop-up vaccination centres
Thousands went along to the pop-up vaccination centres

"We are seeing the big difference that the vaccine is making in our fight against the virus, so I strongly urge all adult Londoners to book their appointments or attend a walk-in centre as soon as possible, and to ensure you get your second dose."

The "super pop-ups" are expected to attract thousands of young Londoners on "super Saturday" who are now eligible to receive their first Covid jab.

A huge queue was in place at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, as people got in line to get their jab.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi tweeted his support for the jab drive today.

He said: "This is an incredible effort by the whole London team. Happening across the City at Spurs, Arsenal, Charlton and West Ham too. Come on London let's get vaccinated!"