Date posted 17 Aug 2021

Leisure centres in Lambeth have been invited to join Public Health England’s drive to boost the uptake of the Covid vaccination amongst young people.

Better, the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres on behalf of Lambeth Council is the only leisure operator in the country to be involved in the initiative and joins a number of leading businesses across different sectors such as Asda, National Express and Uber, to have pledged their support for the UK’s vaccination programme, by offering incentives to vaccinated customers.

Better is offering anyone between 16yrs – 30 yrs a £10 voucher to be used against any membership at a Better-operated leisure facility and a three-day free pass to any of its leisure centres or gyms.

Participating leisure centres in Lambeth include:

  • Brixton Recreation Centre
  • Clapham Leisure Centre
  • Flaxman Sports Centre
  • Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre
  • Herne Hill Lifestyle Centre
  • Vauxhall Leisure Centre
  • West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre

In order to take up the offer, local residents will need to need to complete the form available on the Better website and follow the simple instructions. Customers will need to present their vaccination card or alternative proof on their first visit to the centre.

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at Better said:“As soon as we heard about the campaign to incentivise young people to get vaccinated, we wanted to get involved. As the UK’s largest operator of municipal leisure facilities, we know the value of regular exercise on our mental and physical health and this has been further highlighted during the pandemic.  We also know that having all adults double vaccinated plays a crucial role in our battle against COVID-19, so we wanted to help.

“We hope that by offering free passes and discount vouchers to our 235 gyms, leisure and sports centres across the UK, we will encourage many more young people to take up their vaccine.”

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Over 70% of young people aged 18 to 29 have now had their first jab – another superb milestone in our historic vaccination programme.

"A big thank you to all the companies who are helping us to protect the country – I urge everyone to get the jab and get shopping with these excellent discounts.”

Teenagers within three months of turning 18 can now book their vaccine appointment online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119. Vaccination sites across the country are working hard to complete the rollout with more than 300 sites already offering the jab to 16 and 17 year olds, including GP teams who began vaccinating eligible teens last week.

The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) and Cambridge University shows that vaccines have saved around 84,600 lives as well as preventing 23.4 million infections and 66,900 hospitalisations in England up to 6 August.

Data from PHE also shows COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, the dominant strain in the UK. The analysis shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after two doses.