Merton COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last updated: 23 July 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?

Our priority remains vaccinating the most vulnerable people in south west London. The NHS will offer you a vaccination when it’s your turn – this will be when you’re in a priority group.

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.


Weekly update

We continue to work hard with our partners to vaccinate our residents, with walk-in and pop up services available for those who are eligible for a first dose. At some of our sites this has now extended to those eligible for their second dose too.

All walk-in sessions and most pop-up vaccination clinics are added to our website here – this page is updated regularly and we would appreciate your support in sharing the information.

Eligible people can also continue to book first and second appointments through the national booking system.

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Scientists continue to look carefully at the characteristics of the virus in relation to the vaccines.  There is no evidence currently that the new strains will be resistant to the vaccines we have, and vaccination remains the best protection we have against COVID-19. Viruses, such as the winter flu virus, often branch into different strains but these small variations rarely render vaccines ineffective. 

Any vaccines that the NHS provides has passed strict tests on their safety and effectiveness. However, the JCVI has advised that for adults under age 40 without underlying health conditions should receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated. 

At the moment, people are offered the same vaccine for both of their doses. The Oxford Vaccine Group’s Com-Cov vaccine trial is currently testing how well people’s immune systems respond when they are primed with one type of vaccine, then boosted with another. They are also looking at how good the response is when the second dose is separated from the first dose by different periods of time. More information is available here – https://comcovstudy.org.uk/home

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility, and you do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.  The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College Midwives (RCM) issued a joint statement to reassure around the misinformation shared about the impact of Covid-19 vaccines on fertility.  In the statement, Dr Edward Morris, President at RCOG, said: “We want to reassure women that there is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility.” RCM Chief Executive Gill Walton added: “Women who are eligible for the vaccination should consider discussing any concerns they have with their midwife or healthcare professional.” The full statement can be read here.

If you’re planning to travel abroad, you can get proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 via the NHS app, NHS website, or by calling 119.  Please do not contact your GP about your vaccination status as GPs cannot provide letters showing your vaccine record.  Some countries may also require a negative Covid-19 test result.  Always check the entry requirements for the country you are visiting before you book your travel.  Step-by-step travel advice can be found on the Government website.

Currently no vaccine has been approved for use in the UK for people under 16 years of age.  In rare circumstances, GPs may offer a vaccine to children who are at high risk from COVID-19, following a discussion of the benefits and risks with the patient and their parents or guardians.


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.

We are working to ensure local communities are kept up to date through sharing key messages and updated frequently asked question information. In addition, we are continuing to offer opportunities to engage with local healthcare professionals. Community conversations have provided attendees with the opportunity to put their questions to local healthcare professionals and alleviate any concerns. Conversations have also helped to make community members feel more confident to discuss the vaccination with their social bubbles or networks.

We regularly attend the Covid-19 Community Champion weekly drop ins and this week provided a short Covid-19 vaccination update and signposted to local community pop-ups and walk ins. Upcoming engagement sessions will be held with the Ahmadiyya ladies group. We are also planning to engage with our local Polish Community, to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccination, local testing and local services.  

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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