Wandsworth COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last updated: 15 April 2021

Over 45? Book your COVID-19 vaccination online now

If you’re aged over 45, a carer or have an underlying health condition, call 119 or visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Extra testing in Wandsworth

Everyone who lives, works or travels through Wandsworth is being asked to take a COVID-19 PCR test after new cases of the variant first identified in South Africa were found in the borough. Find out more about enhanced testing at wandsworth.gov.uk

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.

Weekly update

We’ve made good progress protecting our most vulnerable residents from COVID-19, but there’s still more work to be done. We’re encouraging everyone who is currently eligible, but has yet to receive the vaccine, that it’s not too late to get the jab.

We’re urging those aged 50 and above, care home residents, health and care staff, and people who are clinically vulnerable to book an appointment for their first dose as soon as possible. If you’re eligible for the vaccine book your appointment online or by calling 119.

Read more in our weekly borough update

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The NHS is working collaboratively with partners to ensure vaccine messages reach all communities and are tailored to meet their needs. This includes engagement with community and faith-led groups, charities and other voluntary organisations.

Some examples of support include the British Islamic Medical Association, which has consulted various experts about both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and has advised that eligible, at-risk individuals in the Muslim community should receive the vaccine. We have held two events for members of the Muslim community in Wandsworth with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Network and Tooting Islamic Centre, reaching over 250 residents in total.

The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has also issued a video explaining that is important to have the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others around you.

The Sikh Council has urged Sikhs to safeguard themselves against rumours and misinformation and encouraged them to follow government guidelines and advice.

Faith leaders from the Church of England, Anglican, Methodist, Salvation Army, Baptist, Pentecostal, Evangelical and black majority churches have pledged their support to the ‘Give Hope’ campaign which aims to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel any misinformation.

The position statements from the British Islamic Medical Association on vaccines approved for use in the UK can be found here: Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca.

A video of the Chief Rabbi can be viewed here.

Information on the Give Hope campaign can be found here.

The NHS is prioritising the most vulnerable people for the COVID-19 vaccination – this includes young people at higher risk of the more severe effects of the virus, such as those with severe asthma.

We know that some younger people may feel guilty in getting vaccinated before older family members, especially if they appear healthy, but it is important they come forward when they are asked, so they can protect themselves and others from the virus.

The vaccine will be offered to adults (16+) with conditions such as:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • diabetes
  • dementia
  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • a kidney disease
  • a liver disease
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis
  • have had an organ transplant
  • had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • a neurological or muscle wasting condition
  • a severe or profound learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or having had your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
  • are severely mentally ill

Whether someone is offered the vaccine may depend on the severity of their condition. GPs will advise on whether an individual is eligible.

The UK Chief Medical Officers agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks.  This decision will help us save lives by getting the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time.

For further information, please see the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s statement on prioritising the first does.

Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.  From early next week, people will start to get their second dose. They will need to go to the same place as they received their first vaccination. If that was from a local GP, they should wait to be contacted to book their second appointment. If it was at a hospital hub, they will be contacted via text message with around a week’s notice, and between 10 and 12 weeks after the first dose.

We understand that when attending for their first jab some people were given an appointment for their second vaccine and others were not.  No one will be left behind as we have the records of who needs a second jab and we have specific vaccine supplies for both first and second vaccines. 

The Government has, in principle, secured access to seven different vaccine candidates, across four different vaccine types, totalling over 357 million doses. This includes:

  • 40 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine
  • 100m doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • 7 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, which has been approved by the MHRA but is not expected to be delivered to the NHS until spring. 

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 provide reassurance around the misinformation that has been 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.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the official UK regulator, has said these vaccines are highly effective even with just the first dose, but to get full protection people need to come back for the second dose – this is really important.  

Full protection kicks in a week or two after that second dose. It is expected that the vaccine will be effective for at least a year. This will continually be monitored.

Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but the effects should be less severe.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people, if you can.

For further information, please see the gov.uk website.

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 Wandsworth 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. So far we’ve held 37 online events with over 1,500 attendees from diverse communities in Wandsworth.

Among our more recent events we met with Love to Learn – a Somali refugees and parents group – and mental health staff at Hestia. We also met with Contact, an organisation supporting families with special educational needs. We also supported a live broadcast event with Wandsworth Council for anyone living or working in the borough.

Among upcoming activity we’re meeting with students from Share Community who have a learning disability and autism. We’re also organising a special sensory community COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people with a learning disability who are needle phobic. The sensory space will be in a familiar environment, equipped with positive distraction and sensory aids to reduce the worry of having the vaccine.  

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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