Health and care partners from across the Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL) Integrated Care System (ICS) are celebrating the achievements of staff who have given one million COVID vaccinations as part of the efforts to prevent people from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Speaking of this important milestone, South East London ICS Lead, Andrew Bland said: “I would like to thank staff and volunteers at all 57 vaccination sites across south east London and those who have supported ‘pop-up’ services in our communities who are working tirelessly to vaccinate those eligible and in turn, protect them from COVID-19.
“Whilst we celebrate this milestone achievement, we are by no means complacent. There are still residents eligible for a vaccination who are yet to come forward and we encourage you to do so. You have not missed your opportunity to get a vaccine. If you are eligible for a vaccine, simply use the national booking service or contact your GP practice.”
Of the one million vaccinations given so far, 70% are for first doses and 30% for second. Almost 90% of people over the age of 80 have had their vaccination/s in south east London and 91% of people in care homes have been vaccinated. Uptake of the vaccine by people of all ethnicities is also increasing thanks to the efforts of staff and community champions who are encouraging people to come forward. However, ICS partners recognise that more still needs to be done.
Find out more about the COVID vaccination and book your jab if you are eligible. Alternatively, learn more about the experiences of local people who had their jab on the day one million vaccinations were given across south east London:
Staff vaccination clinic at Maudsley hospital, Southwark
Watch this short video of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Interim Service Director, Peace Ajiboye, getting his COVID-19 vaccine on the day one million vaccinations were given across south east London. Peace received his vaccination from Matron and Vaccinator, Sonia Preddie.
Speaking of the vaccination programmes at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Lead and recent Darzi Fellow, Remy Wesolowski commented: “The infrastructure to run the programme requires strategic planning to ensure Trust-wide buy-in from staff and daily huddles to mitigate risks – from ensuring we have the correct number of vaccines to meet demand each day through to managing the temperature control of vaccines.
“The multi-disciplinary team are highly motivated as the vaccination programme ultimately protects our most valuable asset, our staff, who provide outstanding care to our service users and their carers each and every day, delivering the right care at the right time.
“The programme has been a fantastic learning experience for all those contributing to its success and working within a local South East London Integrated Care System, London regional and national guidance context. The team has laughed together, cried together, virtually hugged each other and readied ourselves each day to vaccinate as many people as possible.”
Vaccination clinic at La Rosa Care Home, Lambeth
Dr Chisom Okechukwu and Care Coordinator Cemene Fraser from Prentis Medical Centre in Streatham vaccinated Wilson Gines and Owen White at La Rosa Care Home on the day one million vaccinations were given across south east London. Watch the video to find out more.
Primary Care Network vaccination clinic, Sydenham Green Group Practice in Lewisham
At Sydenham Green Group Practice in Lewisham, we caught up with Dr Margaret Senbanjo who is really proud of the part her Primary Care Network has played in delivering one million vaccinations across south east London. Watch her video message below.
Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bromley
Bromley resident, Marylin Davies received her vaccination at the Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bromley on the day one million vaccinations were giving in south east London: “I am beyond delighted with my experience today. The staff were so friendly and I’m overjoyed to have my vaccination on the day the programme in South East London reaches one million. I came with a query and it was dealt with professionally and efficiently. The nurse was extremely gentle and I feel the staff really went above and beyond for me today.”
Orpington Health and Wellbeing Centre opened in September 2019 and provides a range of community-based health services to Orpington residents in the heart of the town centre. In December 2020, it became the first GP led COVID-19 vaccination centre to open in Bromley, vaccinating patients from 17 local GP practices.
1 million jabs in south east London – picture gallery