88-year-old says he can “enjoy the summer” after getting his second booster

An 88-year-old from south west London said that he can “enjoy the summer” after receiving his second Covid-19 booster. 

Walter got his extra jab at Centre Court in Wimbledon to protect himself and loved ones and then urged over-75s to do the same when they’re invited, along with people aged over 12 with weakened immune systems. 

Walter

He said: “I’ve turned 89 this month. One of the ways I want to keep myself well is by coming to get my Covid-19 spring booster vaccine. 

“I’ve had the Covid infection, but I know the vaccine has been working because I didn’t become very unwell. Coronavirus is still around us, and I want to protect myself and my loved ones from becoming seriously ill. 

“It was quick and easy, I didn’t book an appointment and just walked in, the staff have been really welcoming. Now that I am protected again I can enjoy the summer and see my friends and family. 

“I would urge anyone who is eligible to get their spring booster and protect themselves from this virus.” 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised in February that a spring jab should be offered to those most vulnerable to Covid-19 as a precautionary measure. 

The NHS is inviting people to arrange a spring booster jab through the national booking service when it is their turn. It can be accessed online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. 

Around five million people will be able to get a spring booster during the campaign.  

In south west London, people can visit one of the many sites open in each of the six boroughs – Merton, Wandsworth, Kingston, Richmond, Sutton and Croydon. Find a local clinic at Walk-in and pop up vaccination clinics – South West London CCG (swlondonccg.nhs.uk) 

In addition, people are being reminded that it is never too late to get vaccinated, whether they need a first, second or initial booster jab. 

If you are unsure about getting vaccinated or worried about side effects, needles or just uncertain about which vaccine you will receive, you can get the answers to all your questions at local vaccination sites in south west London, with no pressure to get the jab. Nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff are on hand to talk through any issues away from the main vaccinating area. 

The following vaccinations can currently be arranged: 

  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over 
  • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old 
  • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system 

additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over.