The NHS is South West London has now delivered over 562,000 vaccinations, including 520,000 first doses.
Figures released recently showed that across the UK the NHS had delivered over 27 million vaccines to the most vulnerable people.
Due to a more constrained supply next month, the NHS is urging people who are eligible for a vaccine, but yet to book their first dose, to do so before 29 March.
Fewer appointments will be available for first doses from next week as the bulk of available supplies are used to fully vaccinate people with a second jab.
If you are over 50 years of age, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, or are a health or social care worker, call 119 now or go online to book your Covid vaccination appointment at www.nhs.uk.
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and lead GP for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in South West London, said:
“The NHS in South West London is undertaking an ambitious plan to protecting our most vulnerable residents from Covid-19 and I would strongly urge any person eligible for a vaccine to book an appointment for their first dose as soon as possible. GPs and their practice teams, supported by local volunteers, along with NHS staff in our hospital sites, three large vaccination centres and four community pharmacies have protected over half of a million people in just 15 weeks since vaccinations first began at Croydon and St George’s hospitals.
However, this is just the first stage in the biggest NHS vaccination programme in the health service’s history, and we would like to thank local authorities, businesses and the wider community for their ongoing support in our effort to beat Covid-19.”
GP led vaccination centres have delivered over 70% of these vaccinations in South West London.
The NHS is currently offering the vaccine to people who are 50 and over, residents and staff in care homes, people who are extremely clinically vulnerable and health and care staff.
People over 50 years may choose to attend their local GP-led vaccination site or one of the large vaccination sites. Anyone who has received a letter can log on to the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination and choose from large scale vaccination centres or pharmacy services across the south west London.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
People who book into a vaccine centre will be greeted by volunteers who will marshal car parks and register people when they arrive.
They will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab.
Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people who do book are being asked not to turn up early to avoid creating queues.
GPs are continuing to contact those who are housebound to vaccinate them at home.
About the NHS Vaccination Programme
- The NHS is inviting everyone aged 50 and over, as well as those who are at higher risk from coronavirus to get their COVID-19 vaccination. More information is available here – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
- People can use the national booking service to reserve a slot at a NHS Vaccination Centre or one of the pharmacy-led services across the country.
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