More than one million COVID-19 vaccinations have now been given in south west London, which marks another incredible milestone. We can all rightly be proud of what has been achieved so far but there will be no let-up in our efforts over the coming weeks and months.
With restrictions easing it is tempting to push COVID-19 towards the back of our minds, but as our social contact increases, so too does the potential to spread the virus.
We will be urging people not to go overboard this weekend or in the coming weeks – precautions are still needed to protect the people we love, especially those not yet vaccinated.
The prime minister made an important announcement that people at greater risk of getting seriously ill due to COVID-19 are to be offered their second vaccine earlier as part of plans to tackle the spread of the variant first identified in India.
Appointments for a second dose of a vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people who are over 50 or those who are more clinically vulnerable to coronavirus. This is those people in the top 9 priority groups.
The NHS will contact those who should bring their appointment forward when they are able to do so. Nobody needs to contact the NHS.
Meanwhile, younger people in South West London have told us that there are three main areas of concern about the COVID-19 vaccinations, these are:
- Fertility, breastfeeding and pregnancy
- Side effects and long-term health impacts