Skip to main content

Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey and St Margaret's Church are currently closed for general visiting but we remain open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily services.

The Abbey is also open for individual prayer from 10:30am - 12:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Abbey vaccine clinic

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Abbey vaccine clinic

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the NHS Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Westminster Abbey today, on the National Day of Reflection marking the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown.

The royal visitors were welcomed to the Abbey by the Dean, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, and the Receiver General, Paul Baumann.

The Duke and Duchess were escorted around the clinic by Scott Craddock, the Abbey’s Head of Visitor Experience, and Victoria de la Morinière, Head of Quality Improvement at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. The visitors met NHS clinicians, Abbey volunteers and patients.

At 12 noon Their Royal Highnesses were joined by the Dean in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor for prayers and silence. The Duke of Cambridge lit a candle at the Shrine’s altar and The Duchess laid fresh daffodils.

Many cathedrals and churches closed completely during the current lockdown; however, Westminster Abbey has remained open for daily public worship in the nave. In order to allow this to continue, the vaccination clinic is focused on the east end of the Abbey, with dedicated access via the North Green and using the large north and south transepts for queuing, registering and vaccinating.

Vaccinations take place in the company of the many writers, actors and other luminaries memorialised in Poets’ Corner. The lobby area for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, opened in 2018, is used for the critical support functions of deliveries, storage and a pharmacy, including the controlled storage of vaccines.

The vaccination hub opened successfully on 10 March, and 1300 people were vaccinated in the first two days. The hub will be open twice a week until at least the end of June and has capacity for up to 800 vaccinations per day.

On a typical day it is operated by around 30 NHS staff, supported by a dozen volunteers from the Abbey’s Visitor Experience team and from St. John’s Ambulance.

Related News

Westminster Abbey sends condolences to HM The Queen on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Westminster Abbey sends condolences to HM The Queen on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Saturday, 10th April 2021

BBC Radio 4 to broadcast Matins from the Abbey

BBC Radio 4 to broadcast Matins from the Abbey

Friday, 9th April 2021

Abbey open for private prayer and worship this weekend

Abbey open for private prayer and worship this weekend

Friday, 9th April 2021

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

Twitter logo Tweet this