Merton COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last updated: 25 August 2021


Over 18? Book your COVID-19 vaccination online now

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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Any Covid-19 vaccine that is approved for use in the UK, must meet strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have advised that all 16 and 17 year olds should receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  

The vaccination can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them. Typically side effects for individuals aged 12 to 17 years are injection site pain, fever and headache. These reactions are generally mild and short-lived, typically lasting 1-2 days. 

Extremely rare side effects, which usually occur within a few days of the second dose include; myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane around the heart). 

16 and 17-year-olds who are considering taking the COVID -19 vaccine will not need parental consent to do so. Current UK guidance states that at 16 years of age a young person is presumed in law to have the capacity to consent, so young people aged 16 or 17 years should consent to their own medical treatment. 

At some vaccination clinics you might be asked to provide proof of age, particularly if a vaccination clinic is only vaccinating a specific age group. 

Please take along a record of your NHS number. Staff at the vaccination clinic will use this to pull up your record and confirm your age.  

If you don’t have your NHS number to hand, you can bring along a proof of identification. For example: 

  • Passport 
  • Driving license/Provisional license  
  • PASS card from the national Proof of Age Standards Scheme 

The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) have advised that all pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population. 

The JCVI also advise that it is preferable for the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccines to be offered to pregnant women in the UK, where available. COVID-19 vaccines available in the UK, do not contain live coronavirus or any ingredients that are known to be harmful to pregnant women or to developing babies. 

The vaccine is considered to be safe and effective at any stage of pregnancy. Women may wish to discuss having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.  

If you are over 18, you’ll need to book a 2nd dose for 8 to 12 weeks after your 1st dose. 

  • If you book online, you’ll be asked to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to. 
  • If you have your 1st dose at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your 2nd COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. You’ll need to wait 24 hours after your 1st dose before you can book. 
  • If you have your 1st dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your 2nd dose. 

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 Wandsworth Communications and Engagement Plan.

If you’d like to attend a local COVID-19 vaccination event or find out more, email getinvolved@swlondon.nhs.uk 



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