Vaccination update and interview with Shannon Katiyo, Director of Public Health

Published: Friday, February 19, 2021

The vast majority of frontline NHS and care staff, people living in care homes for older adults as well as people aged 70 and over have now been vaccinated.

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In South West London, this means that nearly 239,000 residents have received the vaccine.

From Monday 15 February vaccinations are being offered to those aged 65 and over, and all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and death.

Wandsworth’s Health and Wellbeing Manager, Priya Samuel asks Shannon Katiyo, Director of Public Health, Wandsworth questions about the vaccine roll out and why it’s safe to take.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

Those currently being offered the vaccine are:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

You can book an appointment at a range of vaccination centres including GP led centres, hospital hubs and also a local pharmacy.

The order in which we are vaccinating residents is determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

When to contact the NHS
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. 

However, if you are aged 70 or defined as clinically extremely vulnerable, and you have not yet had, or been booked, for your first COVID-19 vaccination, you should now take action,

  • Contact your GP for an appointment, or
  • Book your first vaccination onlineat one of London's large-scale vaccination centres, or call 119 to book.

Wandsworth is also now offering vaccinations through a pharmacy site as well.

If you have received a letter but not booked an appointment you may get a phone call from the NHS Immunisation Management Service.

This call will be from the number 0300 561 0240. This will be a reminder to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The person you speak to will see if you need any help and support.

For more information,
Wandsworth Council webpages on vaccination