COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update: Door to Door conversations in Sutton

We have made phenomenal progress in the COVID-19 vaccination programme but there is still a way to go, particularly at this time when new variants are spreading and cases are increasing across London. We are writing to let you know about some new activities to help support residents and increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Over the next few days and weeks, we will be visiting some households in the borough to talk to residents about the COVID-19vaccine.

As you will know uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine varies across our borough, and there are some areas with a significantly lower number of people protected from the virus than others. This coupled with increasing numbers of positive cases of the Delta variant means that it is now more important than ever to encourage people to get vaccinated.

In going door to door we hope to speak to people who are unsure about COVID-19 vaccinations, listen to their opinions and answer any questions they may have. We also know some people have faced practical issues around vaccination – such as difficulty finding a convenient appointment, using the internet to book, or getting to a vaccination site.

We respect personal choice about the vaccine, however, we want to make sure everyone has all the available information and support to make a booking.

Members of the NHS team will wear tabards with a clear logo and will carry ID, which we will encourage people to check. We will also be dropping leaflets through doors before we visit to ensure everyone is aware our team is genuine. We will also ensure social distancing is observed at all times.

How can Sutton residents get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone who would like to take up the offer of the vaccine can book their appointments through the national booking system here or by ringing 119.  There are thousands of bookable and walk-in appointments each week in Sutton at:

  • St Nicholas Shopping Centre
  • Park Lane Pharmacy, High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3AX
  • S G Barai Pharmacy, 39 Erskine Road, Sutton SM1 3AT
  • Stafford Pharmacy, 150 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9BS

For an up to date list of walk in and pop up clinics please go to swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid-walk-in-clinics

Where will teams be going door to door?

We will be starting to go door to door on Friday 25 June in Belmont ward. Over the following few weeks we are planning to visit Beddington South, Central Sutton, St Helier and Wrythe wards.

What can residents do to make sure those knocking on doors are our volunteers?

Our vaccination door knockers will be wearing colourful tabards with the “Ask me about the COVID-19 Vaccine” logo and will carry ID. Ask to see it.

NHS door knockers will never ask anyone for money or bank details.

The COVID-19 vaccine is only available for free on the NHS, and health service staff will never ask for payment or your bank details to get it.

Will you be vaccinating people at home?

No, the team will be directing residents to their nearest vaccination clinic or local pop-up vaccination site.