Last updated: 30 September 2021
If you’re aged over 18, a carer or have an underlying health condition, call 119 or visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
Your local NHS is delivering the biggest vaccination programme in its history. Everyone has an important part to play to help us with this programme of work
- The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus.
- It’s never too late to get the Covid vaccine. It’s safe and effective, but speak to your GP if you have any concerns.
Who’s being prioritised for vaccination?
Anyone aged 16 and over can now get their COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible children aged between 12 and 15 can also receive their jab. For further details on whether your child is eligible, click the link below.
What do you need to know about appointments?
When it’s your turn, you’ll be invited by the NHS to book an appointment.
Where can you get vaccinated?
The vaccination is being offered in a variety of places across south west London, including GP and pharmacy-led services, hospitals and community vaccination centres.
You may also be able to have your first vaccination at one of the following walk-in clinics in south west London – but not everyone is eligible, so please check the clinic details before deciding to go.
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In the latest stage of the NHS vaccination programme, it has been confirmed that 16 and 17 year olds are now eligible to take up the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, protecting themselves, their family and friends.
As well as some local GPs beginning to contact those aged 16 and 17 years registered with their practices, we are pleased to confirm that we now have a number of sites across South West London, that are able to offer walk-ins to this group. We expect the National Booking System to open up to bookings for this age group in the near future.
You can find the latest walk-in vaccination clinics on our website here – this page is updated regularly and we would appreciate your support in sharing the information.
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Getting tested if you don’t have symptoms
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. You can get a free rapid COVID-19 test at a local site in Merton, and get the results the same day, usually within 30 minutes. This is called lateral flow testing.
Find out more at merton.gov.uk
Information in different formats and languages
You can translate all the written content on this website by using the language menu in the top right hand corner of this page.
Useful resources are available in many languages and formats, including British Sign Language, which will help you to learn more about the vaccine and how it’s being offered. The handy resources have been produced by the NHS, Public Health England and partners.
Engagement with local communities
We know that in Merton some of our communities are less likely to take up the offer of the vaccine than other groups.
We’re engaging with local communities to give people the chance to ask local experts about the vaccine so that they can make informed decisions and we can understand any concerns they may have.
In the past couple of week we held sessions with the Faith and Belief Forum, Merton Centre of Independent Living and the Joint Consultative Committee with Ethnic Minority Organisations. During the sessions we provided a vaccination programme update and signposted to local community pop-ups and walk ins. Alongside updating on the vaccination programme, we used these engagement sessions to ask local leaders how we can support communities to receive the right information and to showcase what the engagement team can currently offer local groups and leaders.
We are also working closely with our Merton Pandemic Community Outreach grant recipients. The fund focused on improving local engagement around health promotion including testing and vaccine confidence and convenience, amongst key communities in Merton as well as combatting complacency.
Last week we held our first session with grant recipients to provide training to staff and volunteers, to help support conversations with local communities. Training included information on vaccine and testing importance, key facts, how to test, infection prevention and control messaging, health improvement information and signposting. A big thank you to the staff and volunteers at the Power Centre Church for such a warm welcome last week.
To find out more about local engagement, you can read the Merton Communications and Engagement Plan.
If you’d like to attend a local COVID-19 vaccination event or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the latest coronavirus updates, and information from your area, please visit Merton Council.