5 things Merton residents might not know about the COVID-19 booster vaccine
If you’re aged 16+, and had your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago, it’s time to book your booster dose – or call in at one of our Merton walk-in clinics.
While the prospect of easing coronavirus restrictions has made some people question whether to bother getting their booster – or their first or second doses, there are still plenty of compelling reasons to come forward.
According to Matron, Maggie Murphy, who leads pop-up vaccine clinics around Merton: “It’s as important as ever to do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones, by getting vaccinated, whether you’re due a first, second or booster dose.
“The Omicron variant does produce a mild disease in some people, but this is not the case for everyone. Not getting vaccinated puts you at greater risk of serious illness and of developing the long COVID symptoms, which are debilitating for many people.”
If you’re uncertain about the vaccine, you can call in at your local vaccine centre for a chat, where our friendly staff will talk to you about any concerns you have, with no pressure to get the vaccine. You can also call us on 020 3880 0338*. When you call, we will book you in for a telephone appointment at a time that suits you or a face to face appointment if preferred. *Please note that charges may apply.
In addition to our regular walk-ins, throughout this month we are continuing to provide pop-up clinics at the New Horizon Centre and Power Centre Church in Mitcham. You can find all our Merton centres on our walk-in pages.
In the meantime, if you are thinking about getting your booster dose, here are five things you really should know about the COVID-19 vaccine:
1. Recent data from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that the booster is up to 75% effective in preventing infection.
2. Levels of protection from the COVID-19 vaccine wane over time. Getting your booster improves this protection.
3. Vaccines are our best defence against both COVID-19 and flu. If you are offered both vaccines, it’s safe to have them at the same time.
4. In South West London, almost 750,000 booster vaccinations have been given, and over 75% of our eligible population have now had their booster dose.
5. If you’re over 18 you must wait 28 days after testing positive before getting your vaccine. However, young people aged 12 to17 need to wait three months after infection before having any vaccinations.
Remember, you can book a vaccine today on the national NHS booking system or call in at one of our walk-in clinics.