Latest figures show that two million Covid-19 vaccinations have been delivered across South-west London.
The milestone comes ahead of invitations going out to children offering them a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at school as part of the biggest vaccination programme in the NHS’ history.
Almost a million people in South-west London – the boroughs of Merton, Wandsworth, Croydon, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond – have received both doses of a vaccine.
Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and lead GP for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in South-west London, said: “These figures show South-west London has achieved yet another major milestone through the non-stop efforts of our vaccination programme, healthcare staff, volunteers and the public.
“Every jab makes us all a little safer, so that two million vaccination figure is fantastic news.
“Getting vaccinated is the most important thing people can do to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.
“It is simple, safe and saves lives, while also allowing us to carry on doing the things we all missed so much during the pandemic.”
Following the advice of the chief medical officer to allow 12-15 year olds to be vaccinated, the government announced its decision to offer doses of the Pfizer vaccine to this new group.
Previously, only 12-15-year-olds who were immunosuppressed, or who lived with someone who was vulnerable to Covid-19, could be vaccinated. Now, healthy 12-15-year-olds can also receive their doses in school.
The vaccine for 12-15 year-olds will be administered through the school-aged immunisation service (SAIS). Additional provision will be made for those aged 12-15 not in mainstream education.
For information about walk-in and pop-up clinics in South-west London, which are open for those aged 16 and over, visit https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk /covid/where-can-you-get-vaccinated/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/.
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