South east London marks the 100th day of the COVID-19 vaccination programme

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Wednesday 17 March 2021

Today marks 100 days since the NHS in south east London administered its first COVID-19 vaccine. Since 8 December 2021, more than 537,000 vaccinations have been delivered across the region, with those most at-risk from COVID-19 being prioritised.

As of this week, health and care partners from across south east London are working together to vaccinate people aged 50 and over, in addition to other priority groups who are now eligible.

Lyn Wheeler, the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in south east London, reflects on how the vaccine has changed her life

Lyn Wheeler, an active patient advocate for her community in Bromley, was the first person in south east London to have the vaccine, making national and global headlines in December 2020.

Today, Lyn shared this message:

My view in all of this is: Go and get vaccinated yourself if you haven’t already. Take part in the programme. Let’s fight back. Don’t be afraid. It didn’t hurt me. I didn’t have any side effects, most people don’t. It’s like having the flu jab. I think by everybody trying to do that we can reduce the infection and get time to go and hug our families and be together as we should. That’s how I feel and how my life has changed. I feel brighter and there is hope one day we will all be back to normal.’

You can watch here full video message below.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination

The NHS in south east London is working hard to vaccinate those most at-risk from COVID-19, and we have now started to invite residents aged 50 or over for their vaccine.

If you are aged 50 and over, an eligible frontline health or social care worker, a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19, have a learning disability, are clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) or clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) – you can book your vaccine online at or call 119 without needing an invitation.