1 million south east Londoners boost their immunity against COVID-19

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This week, in south east London we hit the amazing milestone of delivering a COVID-19 booster jab to our millionth resident.

It’s easy to forget that we only started rolling out the booster campaign a few short months ago. 

Across Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, our teams have worked together to deliver the booster vaccination. Volunteers, GPs, pharmacists, nurses and a range of NHS staff have pulled together to make this happen.

This included mobilising quickly last December to meet the Prime Minister’s pledge to offer all adults boosters by the end of January, rapidly increasing our capacity.

Together with our partners in south east London, we have:

  • delivered booster vaccinations to 1 million people
  • delivered 3,854,200 total vaccinations
  • fully vaccinated over 1,366,600 people
  • stood up vaccination services at 84 separate sites across our six boroughs.

This week Fairlee Pharmacy welcomed Natasha Neilson, age 27, Lambeth resident, who was the one millionth person to be vaccinated in south east London.

“I’m delighted to be part of the celebration today and represent the one millionth person to receive a Covid booster jab in south east London. Everyone here at Fairlee Pharmacy has been wonderful and the process was so easy and quick. I’m looking forward to going away this summer and my travels will be a lot smoother now. I’d like to thank all the NHS staff and volunteers who have helped residents like me get protected,” said Natasha.

Viraj Karia, Director, Fairlee Pharmacy said: “Our team at the pharmacy are honoured to have hosted the one millionth resident of south east London to receive the COVID-19 booster vaccination. It is an important moment to mark and to celebrate the success of the vaccine programme. We look forward to welcoming even more residents of south east London, to join the one million who have already had their booster!”

All of this has all been made possible by working in partnership with other organisations locally, including local authorities, and with the ongoing efforts of our staff and volunteers. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to make this vital work possible.

As we learn to live with COVID-19, we continue to work together to support the residents of south east London.

Getting vaccinated still offers the best protection against COVID-19, reducing the risk of getting seriously ill or spreading it to others. We want all our residents to know that it is never too late to come forward for your vaccination, whether that is a first, second or booster dose. Find out more here.

We’d love for you to help us celebrate this booster milestone in south east London. If you’d like to get involved, please share what having the booster vaccine has meant to you and post it to Twitter using the #1MillionBoosters and tagging @our_healthier_sel.