England’s best defender – it’s the COVID-19 vaccine!

It’s been a heady couple of weeks for football fans in England.

After 55 years of disappointment, the national team has wowed us with fantastic performances.  Fingers are tightly crossed for a great result when they meet Italy. Even if the guys don’t manage to pull it off, we’ll all have wonderful memories to take away with us.

One thing none of us want to be taking away from the Euros, though, is a nasty case of COVID-19. With cases currently rising across London, and lots of us crowding together to celebrate, that could happen to anyone.

So, how are you going to keep you and those you care for safe?

“The single most important thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is get vaccinated as soon as possible,” says Nurse Consultant Fiona White who has overseen thousands of vacations at walk-in centres across Merton.

“There are lots of walk-in centres across South West London operating at present. Getting jabbed at a walk in is very easy. We know that young people can find vaccinations stressful so we always try and make the process as easy as we can. It’s confidential and relaxed and there’s lots of opportunities to ask questions.”

Check out our list of walk in sites here!

Getting both vaccinations gives you the best possible protection you can get against COVID-19, Fiona says. Not only will it help to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, it can also reduce your risk of catching or spreading the disease. Don’t forget, though, that you must wait eight weeks after your first vaccination before you can get your second jab.

 “Younger people have a lower mortality rate from COVID-19 but we are seeing an increasing number of them experiencing long Covid which has very unpleasant symptoms.

 “Over the last weeks, the England team has shown us the importance of great teamwork,” Fiona says. “This summer, let’s not forget that we’re all on the same team when it comes to beating COVID-19!”