Grab a Jab – Protect yourself and everyone around you
Published: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Have you had your first and second jab?
With students going to university and everyone returning to a sense of pre-COVID normality, it is now more important than ever for everyone to play their part and get the jab if they haven’t already.
The vaccine makes a huge difference to hospitalisations, as well as death rates among those that are fully vaccinated. Less than half a per cent of Covid-related deaths in England between January and July were more than 21 days after a second dose, according to the Office of National statistics.
Local resident Cheryl was sceptical about the vaccine at first, in fact, she was “adamant that she was not going to have the vaccine”.
She explained, “I couldn't believe they could make a vaccine that quick, for something that appeared that quick, and therefore my ignorance made me say no. But I have had two now and I’m good and I would advise anyone to have it for their health and wellbeing and other people’s wellbeing.”
Getting the vaccine
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and over.
You can book online for an appointment through the NHS if you are:
- Aged 18 or over
- Aged 17 and within 3 months of your 18th birthday
If you're under 17 years and 9 months old and eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, you cannot use this service to book an appointment. Please wait to be contacted by the NHS.
Alternatively, if you're aged 16 or 17, you can also find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get a COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment across South West London.
Please note that your second dose must be 8 weeks or more after your first dose – this will give you the best long-term protection.