Croydon Council and the local NHS are encouraging everyone in the borough to come forward for their life-saving Covid vaccinations and join more than 320,000 residents who have been vaccinated to protect lives.
Accessible pop-up walk-in clinics have been set up to make it easier for people to get their vaccination, where no pre-booking is required. This includes:
- Centrale Shopping Centre walk in Oxford-AZ first and second dose appointments from 8am to 7.45pm all this week until Sunday 20 June 2021. Please share this tweet.
- Radiate Festival in Crystal Palace Park at 12midday to 4pm on Saturday 19 June 2021. Please share this tweet.
- St Paul’s Church in Thornton Heath Pfizer walk-in sessions 1.30pm to 5pm on Friday 18 June 2021. Please share this tweet.
- Fairfield Halls, walk-in Pfizer clinic first and second doses, daily from Tuesday 22 June to Saturday 26 June 2021. See tweet for times. Please share this tweet.
More walk-in sites are scheduled to open in the coming weeks. Details are available here.
The council and NHS are also urging people to bring family members who are eligible but have not got the vaccine with them along when they go to have their vaccination.
Everyone over 18 years who is eligible for a Covid-19 jab can get their first or second dose at the walk-in clinics. You can also make an appointment with a registered clinic or call 119 to book a jab.
Those aged over 40 can book their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their first dose.
Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s Director of Public Health at Croydon Council, said: “There has been great progress made in our efforts to get as many people as possible protected against Covid-19. We are really proud of those who have already come forward for their vaccination as they are protecting themselves and others in the community. We are seeing an increase in cases locally, and the vaccine offers the best possible protection against the virus, so it’s really important that you take it up as soon as you are offered.”
Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Croydon GP and GP Borough Lead for Croydon, said: “As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap, we want to ensure that our local community is as protected as they can be from Covid-19, including the newer variants. If you are invited for a second dose of the vaccine, please book it in, don’t delay – it’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and friends.”
For people who are unsure whether to get their first vaccine, Dr Fernandes said: “It is never too late to get the Covid-19 vaccine – if you have any concerns, speak to your GP or a healthcare professional. You can also visit one of our walk-in vaccination clinics and talk to the staff about your options.”
Research this week showed how important the second jab is at protecting people against the Delta variant first identified in India.
The studies found a second dose gives substantially better protection compared to only one, with both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines being more than 92% effective against hospitalisation and serious disease after two doses.