As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, Clinical Chair for NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is encouraging South East Londoners to come forward for their “vital and lifesaving” second dose of the Covid vaccine.
The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are being contacted to book their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their first dose.
People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.
Research this week showed how important the second jab is at protecting people against the Delta variant first identified in India.
The studies found a second dose gives substantially better protection compared to only one, with both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines being more than 92% effective against hospitalisation and serious disease after two doses.
The last push comes as nearly 8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered at one of the hundreds of local vaccination sites across the capital, including at GP practices, places of worship, sports grounds, shopping centres and pharmacies.
Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and Clinical Leadership Group Chair for NHS South East London CCG, said:
“Getting fully vaccinated is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19.”
“To ensure maximum protection, I urge everyone in South East London to book in their second dose as soon as possible.
“Thanks to the incredible work of NHS staff and volunteers in London, seven out of ten adults have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and in doing so, are helping the country as a whole beat this devastating virus. The offer of the vaccine is evergreen, so if you have been invited but are yet to make an appointment, please do so today and help bring us one step closer to freedom.”
Andrew Bland, Accountable Officer for South East London Integrated Care System Lead and CCG, said:
“If you haven’t booked your first vaccination yet, you still can. As well as being able to book an appointment at one of our many vaccination clinics online or by calling 119, we have a series of walk-in vaccination clinics that you do not need an appointment for across South East London over the coming week.
“These walk-in clinics are being held in hospitals, health centres, sports stadiums, parks, housing estates and community centres across South East London. Check our website www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/popupclinics for the latest information and timings for each clinic.”