As we admire the festive lights of the city’s High Streets and head to the capital’s many famous department stores, there are a number of convenient locations to pop-in to get a first, second or booster vaccine this weekend.
Dr Helene Brown, Medical Director and GP clinical lead for the Vaccination Programme in London said: “I strongly encourage all eligible Londoners to take up the offer of getting their vaccine, be it their first, second or booster dose. These are available at many convenient locations across the capital including pharmacies, vaccination centres, vaccination buses and even shopping centres such as Westfield Stratford.
“Just like winter festive fir trees, the offer of the COVID-19 vaccine is evergreen; even if you received your invitation a while ago, it is not too late to get your jab in time for the holiday season. I encourage everyone eligible to come forward now to protect yourself, your family and your friends from the potentially devastating effects of this virus.”
With many bookable and walk in appointments available at or nearby some of the most sought-after shopping locations and seasonal attractions the capital has to offer, the NHS is urging those gazing at the lights, catching a West End show or picking up presents to make sure to tick vaccination off their shopping list.
More appointments have been made available at vaccination centres, hospital hubs and pop-up sites across the capital this weekend to make is as easy as possible to get your life-saving 1st, 2nd or booster dose ahead of winter, expected to be the most challenging yet for the NHS
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many Londoners and visitors enjoying the best our city has to offer. More and more people are returning to central London and to our world-class retail, hospitality and cultural venues. This is due in large part to the success of the NHS vaccination programme and Londoners continuing to take precautions, which has allowed our city to reopen.
“This weekend, I urge Londoners who are eligible to take up the offer of getting their Covid-19 vaccine booster. Millions of Londoners have already had the vaccine, and it is never too late to get your first dose if you haven’t got round to it yet. We all need to continue doing our bit to protect our loved ones, to protect the NHS this winter, and to be able to continue doing the things we enjoy. There are more vaccine centres open now than ever before so it’s never been easier to get your jab.”
Almost 14 million jabs have been given by NHS staff and volunteers in London, with nearly 2 million boosters given to eligible Londoners, as the biggest and most successful vaccination drive in health history continues.
The NHS is vaccinating in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance, which was updated to include people aged 40 to 49 getting a booster, as well as recommending a second dose for 16 and 17-year-olds 12 weeks after receiving their first dose.
Where some people have recently had Covid-19, people at higher risk of Covid-19 will need to wait four weeks from the onset of symptoms or a positive test result before getting the vaccine, and people aged under 18 not at higher risk of Covid-19 will need to wait at least 12 weeks.
People can get their vaccine by booking online through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.