More than three quarters of people over the age of 65 have now been vaccinated in Southwark, as health officials reassure residents that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is safe and plan more pop-up vaccination clinics.
Several countries have suspended their AstraZeneca jab rollouts amid mounting evidence it is linked to a very small number of serious and, in some cases, fatal blood clots.
However, the risk is extremely low – around four in every one million vaccinations. The risk of blood clotting is much greater if a person contracts COVID-19.
The NHS advises that for people aged 30 and above, and those with other health conditions, the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.
According to the latest figures from Southwark CCG, over 75 per cent of the over 65s have now been vaccinated and 80 per cent of residents over 75 have received at least one dose.
In total, more than 93,000 people have received at least one jab in the borough.
A walk in vaccination clinic is being held today at Guy’s Hospital from 8am-6pm (Saturday, 10 April 2021) for those eligible.
Another pop-up clinic will be held at Walworth Square from 9.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday, April 13, for those eligible to be vaccinated.
This leaflet contains more information and advice for anyone who is concerned about this vaccine.
To find out more about the AstraZeneca vaccine, Southwark Council’s Public Health Team are holding a meeting to hear your concerns, and help make sure that people are given all the information they need to make an informed decision about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This session will consist of a one hour slot where they would like to hear your thoughts and opinions, followed by an optional 30 minute session where they will answer your questions and provide information about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The session will be held on either Thursday, April 22 (evening), or Friday, 23 April (afternoon).
To take part fill out this online form.