Unsure about getting the Covid-19 vaccination? Come in for a chat

Unsure about getting vaccinated? Worried about side effects, needles or just uncertain about which vaccine you will receive? You can get the answers to all your questions at local vaccination sites across South West London, with no pressure to get the jab.

Nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff are on hand to talk you through any issues, away from the main vaccinating area, as every effort is made to ensure everyone has the information they need to make a decision about the vaccine.

Christiana Pena, Matron at Centre Court shopping centre, Wimbledon, said: “If you’re thinking about having your vaccine, please pop in and see us at Centre Court – or any local vaccination centre. We can promise a warm and friendly welcome in all our sites.

“Whether you’re unsure about having your vaccine, feeling nervous or just have questions, we’d love you to come for a chat. We are happy to answer any queries with absolutely no pressure.”

The move follows local NHS focus groups with young people, who said they would feel more confident about having the vaccine if they had more information about its effectiveness.

South West London’s Covid-19 vaccination drive has been a success so far, with more than 1.6 million vaccinations given. However, there are still thousands of younger people who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccine.

For information about walk-in and pop-up clinics in south west London visit our walk-in webpages.   

People can also call 119 or visit the national booking service to make an appointment at a local vaccination centre or pharmacy.

Those aged 39 and under who are eligible, and pregnant women, will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.

The NHS is vaccinating in line with the JCVI guidelines, and people must wait at least eight weeks before getting their second dose. An eight-week gap has been clinically proven to give the best protection from Covid-19 and especially the Delta variant.

You can find out more about Centre Court Matron, Christiana in this Q&A and learn what to expect at the centre in this short film.