Let’s get vaccinated to protect ourselves and others

Published: Friday, August 6, 2021

The recent drop in new COVID-19 cases across London, and the rest of the UK, is welcome news for all of us.

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However, though cases and infection rates are dropping in Wandsworth, the borough continues to have one of the highest case rates in London.

“After a big initial rush by young people to get vaccinated, we’ve seen a definite drop off in young people coming forward in recent weeks. One of the biggest risks at present is complacency,” says Matron Maggie Murphy who has helped to deliver tens of thousands of lifesaving vaccinations to people of all ages at the Roehampton Vaccination Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Wandsworth over the past six months.

“This is particularly worrying at a time when restrictions on socialising have been relaxed and young people are mixing more.  There is a common misconception that young people don’t get COVID-19, or that if they do, it is harmless when in fact, an increasing number of younger people are being admitted to hospital, particularly those who are unvaccinated.”  

Councillor Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health highlights the importance of everyone getting vaccinated; “Vaccination is key to protecting yourself from COVID-19. It’s quick, relatively painless and being fully vaccinated dramatically reduces your chances of being hospitalised. Vaccination also gives you greater protection from long COVID, a long-term draining condition which has affected many young people.”

Once you’ve had your vaccine, your vaccination status can be shown on the NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad or at events and venues in England which ask for proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status. Find out more about the NHS COVID Pass here.

If you’re a young person and you’re still uncertain about getting your vaccine – or you know someone who is – just take a moment to watch Ryan Jones, a newly-qualified teacher in Wandsworth. Click here to watch Ryan’s video.

“We’ve all got to do our bit for society and make sure we’re looking after vulnerable people,” he says. “Please be like me and come down and have your COVID vaccination.”

With lots of vaccination centres in Wandsworth within easy reach – see our list here –you can get your vaccine today.

As Maggie and Ryan say – let’s get vaccinated to protect ourselves and others!

If you are unsure about having your vaccine, just ask to speak to one of the clinical professionals at any vaccination clinic who are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.