Kingston COVID-19 vaccination programme
Last updated: 12 March 2021
The NHS is delivering the biggest vaccination programme in its history. Everyone has an important part to play to help with this programme of work
If you’re aged 55 or over you can book an appointment at a local vaccination centre or community pharmacy site online or by calling 119 for free.
If you’re under 55 and do not fall into one of the current priority groups the NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
When they do contact you, or you have booked your appointment, please make sure you attend.
Please don’t go to a vaccination site without an appointment. Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – hands, face, space.
Who’s being prioritised for vaccination?
Their priority remains vaccinating the most vulnerable people in south west London. The NHS will offer you a vaccination when it’s your turn – this will be when you’re in a priority group.
What do you need to know about appointments?
When it’s your turn, you’ll be invited by the NHS to book an appointment.
Where can you get vaccinated?
The vaccination is being offered in a variety of places across south west London, including GP and pharmacy-led services, hospitals and community vaccination centres.
The NHS has begun trialling a text message service for COVID-19 vaccination invitations and reminders. These will be sent in addition to the letters that have been sent out to those that are currently eligible for the vaccine. Over 400,000 people who are aged 55 or in receipt of Carers Allowance will be the first to receive their text message invitations.
BAME community figures
BAME community figures from across Kingston have come together to speak about the importance of the vaccine.
Top five questions
What has been done to engage low uptake communities, and do we know why people are declining the vaccine?
Why are younger people eligible for the vaccine before older age groups?
When and where will I get my second dose and is there enough supply to get the same vaccine as the first dose?
Do the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility?
Does having the COVID-19 vaccine make any subsequent COVID-19 infection worse?
Information in different formats and languages
Useful resources are available in many languages and formats, including British Sign Language, which will help you to learn more about the vaccine and how it’s being offered. The handy resources have been produced by the NHS, Public Health England and partners.
Engagement with local communities
The NHS know that in Kingston some of our communities are less likely to take up the offer of the vaccine than other groups.
They are engaging with local communities to give people the chance to ask local experts about the vaccine so that they can make informed decisions and can understand any concerns they may have.
To find out more about local engagement, you can read the Kingston Communications and Engagement Plan.
If you would like to attend a local COVID-19 vaccination event or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org