NHS staff and volunteers worked long hours through the festive period including Christmas day to help protect south west Londoners from Covid-19, administering nearly 250,000 jabs.
Across a three-week period, from 13 December to 2 January 2022, a total of 249,776 vaccines were administered. These included:
- 221, 649 booster vaccines
- 14,408 second doses
- 13,719 first doses
To help deliver and coordinate the roll out of the booster campaign, staff from all specialities across South West London CCG were redeployed to work with men and women from the armed forces. Local community leaders also joined forces with the NHS to spread the message and to reach their communities.
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and GP lead for the south west London vaccination programme said: “Delivering a quarter of a million jabs in such a short time represents an extraordinary team effort, with the NHS, volunteers, military and local communities joining forces. We are immensely grateful for all the continuing work to help protect as many residents as possible.
Encouraging people to get vaccinated, Dr Jones said: “We know that first and second doses are still vital and we want to ensure no one gets left behind – if it’s your first dose, your second, your booster, just get that jab done.”
Pharmacist Mike, who runs the Pearl Chemist Covid-19 Vaccination Centre in Tooting said: “If you’re thinking about having your vaccine, please don’t hesitate to pop into your local vaccination centre for a chat and say hello.
“If you are unsure about having your vaccine, just ask us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and there’s no pressure on you!”
The successful uptake of jabs comes after the NHS launched the biggest vaccination programme in its history across south west London. Adults over 30 were able to book their vaccinations from 13th December, and anyone over 18 was able to book vaccinations from 15th December 2021.
Pharmacies, walk ins and pop-up clinics joined other vaccination sites in south west London to give vaccines.