More than 14,700 Covid-19 booster jabs were delivered in 48 hours in South-west London – the equivalent of one every 12 seconds.
On Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28 around 14,753 doses were given out in Wandsworth, Merton, Kingston, Richmond, Sutton and Croydon.
There was more than 36,500 delivered during the whole week.
Dr Nicola Jones, the lead GP for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in South-west London, said: “This is a fantastic response as the next stage of our hugely successful local vaccination programme continues with people getting their booster in large numbers.
“But we want even more people to book their booster.
It’s not something that’s just nice to have as an extra – it will provide vital protection for you and your loved ones as we head into winter when Covid-19 presents a bigger risk to our health.
“I would encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward without delay to get their extra dose while also not forgetting to book in for their free flu jab to ensure the best possible protection over the colder months.”
In total, more than seven million boosters have been delivered nationally by the NHS in just over six weeks since the campaign was rolled out.
People eligible for their booster can use the NHS online walk-in finder to find the most convenient site to get their top-up without an appointment.
This adds to the existing offer through the National Booking Service – people who cannot go online can book by phoning 119 – with a further 1.6 million invitations going out this week as more people become eligible, six months on from their second dose.
Those who are eligible for a booster at least six months on from their second dose include:
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults
- All adults aged 50 years or over
- Front line health and social care workers
- All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 (as set out in the green book)
- Adult carers
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Pictured: Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)