Protecting your children against polio this half-term

21 Oct 2022
Children and young people

Half term NHS vaccination clinics to launch on World Polio Day


NHS South East London will mark World Polio Day 2022 on 24th October by launching a series of pop-up polio vaccination clinics across south east London.

The clinics, running throughout the October half term in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark are open to any child aged *1-9 years old living in south east London.

Senior health experts and specialist children’s doctors from south east London have called for all parents in the region to book their children in for a polio vaccination or booster jab after the discovery earlier this year of polio in London sewers. For some children this may be an extra dose on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children it may bring them up to date with their routine vaccinations.

Dr Toby Garrood, Joint Medical Director at South East London Integrated Care System and a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We understand that polio is a concern for parents in London right now, and we also know that parents and carers want to ensure they are making the best, most informed decisions about their children’s health and wellbeing.

“Our south east London World Polio Day pop up vaccination clinics are open to all children aged 1 – 9 years old* and I urge all parents and carers in the area to book their child’s polio vaccination today”.

*Bexley pop-up clinics are for children aged 5 – 9 years old.

Find an appointment for polio vaccinations at the World Polio Day pop up clinics (below video).


Hear from Toni about why it’s so important to get your child their polio vaccine.

These are the additional polio vaccination clinics for half-term week:


When: Monday 24 October

Where: St. Laurence Church Hall, 37 Bromley Rd, London SE6 2TS

Time: 09.00 – 16.45

How to book:

Click here for more Lewisham polio clinics


When: Dates and locations below

  • Sunday 23 October, 10am-4pm: Northumberland Heath Medical Centre
  • Monday 24 October – Friday 28 October, 10am – 4pm: Erith Hospital
  • Sunday 30 October, 10am-4pm: Northumberland Heath Medical Centre
  • Sunday 6 November, 10am-4pm: Northumberland Heath Medical Centre

Where: Erith Hospital, Park Crescent, Erith DA8 3EE and Northumberland Heath Medical Centre, Hind Crescent, Erith, Kent, DA8 3DB

Who for: children aged 5-9

How to book: Please contact your GP to book an appointment or call the Polio Vaccination Booking Line: 020 8106 0342

There will also be some walk-in appointments available. However this isn’t guaranteed and we strongly recommend you book in advance through your GP

Click here for more Bexley polio clinics


Sorry – all our Bromley half term polio pop-up clinic places are now fully booked. Please book at another location or Click here for more Bromley polio clinics


When: Thursday 27 October

Where: Car Park, Morrisons Thamesmead, 2 Twin Tumps Way, Thamesmead, SE28 8RD

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

How to book:

Click here for more Greenwich polio clinics


When: Friday 28 October

Where: Mobile Unit in Car Park, Peckham Square (Peckham Library), 89 Peckham High St, London SE15 5RS

Time: 10am – 5pm

Ages: 1-9

How to book:

Click here for more Southwark polio clinics


When: Saturday 29 October

When: Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London, SW16 1PN

Time: 11am – 4.45pm

How to book:

Click here for more Lambeth polio clinics


Find more information on our Polio vaccination check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Other useful links

Have your polio vaccine now – information for parents (

Information leaflet for parents in different languages (

Information about polio (