Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

COVID - 19 and Vaccinations

Please find below information for upcoming vaccination clinics.

Due to low vaccine supply across southwest London, all our mass vaccination centres are not currently accepting walk-ins. When possible, people are being asked to book an appointment online.

Please help us share this message with your networks:

For your Covid-19 1st, 2nd, booster and spring booster doses, please book via the national booking system or call 119. For the most up to date information, visit: https://www.southwestlondon.icb.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Centres

Hawks Road

Richmond Teddington Health and Social Care Centre

Whitton Corner Community Centre, Twickenham

West Middlesex University Hospital Vaccination Hub

To book, visit https://my.drdoctor.co.uk/clinic/westmiddlesexcovidbooster12

Come and Have a Chat to get the Facts about the Vaccination

Unsure about getting vaccinated? Worried about side effects, needles or just uncertain about which vaccine you will receive? You can get the answers to all your questions at local vaccination sites across South West London, with no pressure to get the jab.

Nurses, pharmacists and other clinical staff are on hand to talk through any issues away from the main vaccinating area, as every effort is made to ensure everyone has the information they need to make a decision about the vaccine.

To speak to someone about the Covid-19 vaccine, you can:

  • Call us on 0203 88 00 338*. When you call, we will book you in for a telephone appointment at a time that suits you or book you in for a face to face appointment if preferred. *Please note that charges may apply.
  • Walk in to any of our clinics across South West London: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/where-can-you-get-vaccinated/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/
  • Book an appointment at shopping centres Centrale, Croydon or St Nicholas, Sutton via the following link:  https://bit.ly/3rAd1UR. You will receive a response to confirm your booking within 24 hours. If you are booked in for an appointment to have a conversation at one of these vaccination centres, please make yourself known to a member of staff.

Aged 12 – 15? Get Vaccinated this Half Term

By getting vaccinated, children and young people can reduce the risk of passing on the infection to others in their family and others.  This half term, 12-15 year olds can get vaccinated alongside family members in our community vaccination centres. Those that had their first dose 3 months ago or more are now eligible for their second dose.

Getting the vaccine can make it easier for children and young people to avoid putting their lives and their education on hold because of further disruption to schools, hobbies and social events due to the virus. In South West London, we are vaccinating this group in our Community Vaccination Centres and through Pop Ups in Local Schools.

You can find out more about where 12-15 year olds can get vaccinated as well as information about the vaccination programme for this group from local clinicians here: : https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/covid-19-vaccination-for-12-15-year-olds/

We have also collated key information and communication resources into a toolkit found here : https://www.swlondon.nhs.uk/headteachers-toolkit-2021-2022/

Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Following guidance from the JCVI, 5 – 11 year olds who are clinically extremely vulnerable, as well as household contacts of someone who is immunosuppressed, are being offered a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. You will be contacted by your GP who will invite you for your vaccine as soon as possible. Currently, it is not possible for appointments to be booked via the National Booking System.

The Booster Programme

The Booster programme continues in South West London with those aged 16 and over who had their second dose more than 3 months ago and are now eligible for their vaccination. Figures show that 81% of eligible UK adults have now had three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that one fifth of eligible people, who’ve had their first two doses, haven’t yet come forward for their booster. In South West London, this equates to around 250,000 people. Read more here: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/news/with-covid-restrictions-easing-do-i-still-need-a-booster-vaccine/

Individuals can visit one of the many sites open in [insert borough] - with plans being drawn up for new pop up sites in the coming weeks. Find a local clinic at Walk-in and pop up vaccination clinics – South West London CCG (swlondonccg.nhs.uk). The national Grab A Jab website is also available.

Engagement with local communities in Kingston

We are working with Kingston Council to support with engagement around vaccine pop ups and held 7 during the Omicron push pre-Christmas.

Our focus continues and street ambassadors will target the low uptake areas of Canbury ward linked to a pop up at the Ancient Market House on Thursday 10 February.  A further 5 pop ups are planned over the next few weeks in Kingston.

We continue to work with Kingston Council as the host for our NHS Covid 19 community VCS small grants outreach scheme, adding to their existing test and trace community grants scheme.  12 local community groups have applied for funding, all of whom support communities experiencing health inequalities or are underserved and who have lower uptake of the vaccine.  Groups are running activities about the Covid vaccine in a way that works for their communities.

Kingston residents are invited to attend the health and wellbeing day organised by SWL CCG, SPEAR, Kingston Council, Kingston Churches Action On Homelessness for those experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers and refugees.

The event will be an opportunity to have the Covid-19 vaccine and/or flu vaccine and will include a range of health and wellbeing services including a hairdressers, clothing stalls and oral health advice. Hot food and drinks will also be served on the day. It is also an opportunity for us to talk with those attending about their experiences of local services and share information. The event will take place on Tuesday 15 March at Kingston United Reformed Church.  See flyer attached.

We continue to work with Healthwatch, the Council’s community engagement team and our local voluntary and community sector to find opportunities to reach into local communities including our black and minority ethnic communities.

Engagement with local communities in Richmond

Together with Richmond Council we continue to engage and work with local communities to improve vaccine uptake in our areas of low uptake.  We brought together stakeholders with an interest or insight in the Castelnau area of Barnes to explore delivering a local vaccine pop up in the area.  The vaccine pop up clinic at Castelnau Community Centre on 10 February was an opportunity for local people to get their vaccine but also to ask questions and talk through their concerns about the vaccine with a health professional.  The pop up was supported by street ambassadors out and about in the area having conversations with local people to promote the pop up and share information about the Covid-19 vaccination. Twenty six doses were given on the day and were a mix of first doses, 4th vaccines for immunosuppressed patients and some young people who visited the clinic after school. We will be taking this approach for our other low uptake areas over the next couple of months.

We continue to work with health and care partners including our local voluntary and community sector to find opportunities to reach into local communities to share information and address hesitancy and concerns around the Covid-19 vaccination.

We are working with Healthwatch Richmond as the host for our NHS Covid 19 community small grants outreach scheme. We’re pleased to see local organisations working in areas or with communities experiencing health inequalities or where people are hesitant about getting the vaccine apply for funding to run activities about the Covid vaccine in a way that works for their communities. If you know of a local group or community who could benefit from this funding visit the Healthwatch website for more information.

Thank you for your ongoing support on the Covid-19 vaccination programme.  You can support the programme by sharing the information below via your channels and continuing to emphasise to colleagues, constituents and stakeholders that it’s never too late to get their first dose.

Best wishes,

Dr Naz Jivani, NHS transition place lead for Kingston

Jo Farrar,  NHS transition place lead for Richmond

Questions and Answers of the Week

How will I know if my 5-11 year old is eligible for the vaccine?  

GPs and hospital specialists have been asked to identify clinically extremely vulnerable 5 to 11-year-olds who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. For children eligible as a household contact, the person who is immunosuppressed will be written to directly.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child should get the vaccine and told how they can book an appointment.  The NHS will be in touch with you if your child is eligible, so please wait to hear and do not contact your GP.

Where will children aged 5-11 be given their vaccine?  

Vaccination services have been asked to make preparations to vaccinate this cohort and consider necessary reasonable adjustments to accommodate their needs on an individual basis, to ensure children and their families have a positive experience. Vaccination sites should ensure a range of times are available which are convenient to parents and children.

Most children will get vaccinated at a site run by local GPs, a hospital or a specialist children’s centre. In cases where this isn’t possible, local arrangements will be in place with community pharmacies, vaccination hubs, housebound teams and in some cases at special schools.

Please be aware that parents will not be able to book their child’s vaccination appointment by calling 119 or using the national booking system

Are the COVID-19 vaccines for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable 5 to 11-year-olds the same as those used for adults? 

The preferred option for children in this cohort is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®) 10 micrograms dose concentrate, which is a formulation for children aged 5 to 11. However, it is recognised that in exceptional circumstances, and where it is in the best interests of the patient, clinicians may decide to vaccinate children and young people under the age of 12 with a smaller volume of the adult version of the vaccine (a fractionated dose).

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