A leading local GP has urged people to get jabbed without delay after it was revealed that nearly every adult hospitalised with Covid-19 in south west London was not fully vaccinated with two doses and a booster.
Local operational figures for October and November show that 97% of adults with Covid-19 symptoms in south west London hospitals were not fully vaccinated with their first, second and booster dose. They also show that having the two doses plus the top-up meant people were eight times less likely to get seriously ill with Covid-19.
The data for St George’s Hospital, Kingston Hospital, Croydon University Hospital, Epsom Hospital and St Helier Hospital further highlighted that:
- Having even one dose meant people were half as likely to be admitted to hospital because of Covid-19
- Having two doses meant people were three times less likely to be admitted to hospital because of Covid-19.
Over the next week, opening hours for local vaccine centres will be extended and the number of appointments in place is being dramatically increased.
Online bookings are available for everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday this week.
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and clinical lead for south west London’s vaccination programme, said: “These figures highlight the importance of Covid-19 vaccinations and, with Omicron cases now rising, I would urge everyone not to delay having their booster to top up their immunity and help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
“It is also a reminder that it is never late too late to get vaccinated. The offer from the NHS is evergreen, so please do not hesitate to come forward to give yourself as much protection as possible – we’re making it as easy as we can to get jabbed with a host of clinics across south west London.”
The data has been collected by the South West London Infection, Prevention and Control Forum.
More than 19 million booster doses have already been delivered in England. Appointments can be made through the national booking service. People are asked to keep checking availability as more appointments are loaded on to the system every day. Alternatively, call 119.