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Residents urged to remember to get vital second jab

21 June 2021

As adults aged 18 and over are invited to have their COVID-19 vaccination, all those who have already had the jab are reminded to make sure they have their second vital and lifesaving second dose.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are being contacted to book their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their first dose.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

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.

Residents are reminded that there are a number of walk-in vaccination clinics across South West London and for those who are yet to have their first dose, or are awaiting their second (eight weeks after their first), go online to find their nearest drop-in centre. New locations and dates are being added regularly.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"So far nearly 130,000 Richmond residents have had their COVID-19 vaccination. And over 80,500 have had their second.

"However, whilst we are really pleased to see so many of our residents have had their first dose, we can see that some adults over the age of 45 are yet to have their second jab and there is a particularly low take-up among those aged 45-49.

"Having both will ensure people have greater protection from this deadly virus and they will also be playing a huge part in protecting others. If you had your first dose more than eight weeks ago, go online now and book your jab.

"For those who have still not received their first dose but are eligible, please take up the offer now and join the rest of us in fighting coronavirus. The more people who are vaccinated, the quicker we can start to move on and get back to some sense of normality."

Dr Vin Diwakar, Regional Medical Director for the NHS in London, added:

"To ensure maximum protection, I urge all Londoners to book in their second dose as soon as possible.

"Thanks to the incredible work of NHS staff and volunteers in London, seven out of ten adults have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, and in doing so, are helping the country as a whole beat this devastating virus. The offer of the vaccine is evergreen, so if you have been invited but are yet to make an appointment, please do so today and help bring us one step closer to freedom."

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Updated: 21 June 2021