It’s never too late to get your COVID-19 vaccines 

It’s never too late to get that first, second or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Anyone aged 12+ can attend one of the walk-in sessions that take place every day in the borough. 

The booster vaccine rollout has now been extended to include people aged 40 and over. Anyone aged over 40, and all those most at risk from COVID-19, can now get a booster six months after their second dose. 

Eligible residents can now pre-book a booster appointment if it has been 152 days (5 months) since your second dose and you’re in one of the eligible groups. Take advantage of this change and book your booster as soon as you can.  You will be offered a date that is 182 days (6 months) after the date of your 2nd dose.  

As is the case with most vaccines, protection reduces over time, so it is vital to get your booster jab to top up your level of protection and help your body fight off COVID-19.  

For the booster, health experts have advised a preference for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, irrespective of the vaccines given for the first and second doses. However, where these vaccines are not suitable the Astra Zeneca vaccine may be considered following a decision by a health professional on a case-by-case basis. If you are unsure, the friendly team of clinicians at the Wilson Hospital in Mitcham are available to discuss any clinical concerns. 

Expectant mothers are also being urged to get their COVID-19 vaccination. NHS figures show that almost a fifth of the most critically ill COVID patients in England in recent months have been pregnant women. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in protecting pregnant women and their babies from the virus. 

Residents heading to the Wilson Hospital walk-in session this weekend should be aware that Cranmer Road will be closed off to traffic due to ongoing roadworks. The Wilson hospital will be accessible via the Carshalton Road end only.