Clock ticking on last chance for under 50s to get free first or second COVID-19 vaccine

17 May 2023
NHS South East London

Time is running out for many people in south east London to get their first – or second – COVID-19 vaccination.

People aged between 5 and 49 on 31 August 2022 who have not had a jab can still get a free vaccine from the NHS – but that door closes on 30 June.

The deadline does not apply to anyone who is assessed as at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The latest data suggests that across the UK around 6.4 percent of people aged over 12 have still not had even one vaccine dose. However, more than 30 percent of Londoners haven’t had a first dose.

Dr Jonty Heaversedge, Medical Director of the NHS South East London Integrated Care Board and a local GP, said: “It’s around two and a half years since the first person was vaccinated against covid in the UK. However, while we’re well past the grimmest days of the pandemic, the virus has not gone away and it continues to make some people seriously ill.

“The COVID-19 vaccine has saved thousands of lives here in London and millions around the world and helped tens of thousands of people to stay out of hospital. Having a vaccine has made it safer for us to live with the virus without fear or restrictions. It remains our best form of protection against the virus. We encourage anyone eligible who hasn’t had a COVID-19 to come forward before 30 June.”

Across the UK last month COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificates of around 75 people a day.

GP surgeries, community pharmacies and other NHS sites offer vaccinations this Spring. You can book a vaccination by calling 119 for free, downloading the NHS App or visiting the COVID-19 vaccination webpage.

People who aren’t registered with a GP can still get a free vaccination from the NHS and should contact a GP surgery.

You can also find your nearest walk-in centre by visiting the walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site NHS page.

Find out more information about your COVID-19 services in south east London.