London Mayor Sadiq Khan today hailed the success of the vaccination program in London and praised the incredible work of the NHS as more than 86% of adult Londoners have received their first dose.
Nearly 2 million vaccines were given in the capital over the past month as the booster program was extended and more Londoners showed up for their first and second doses. In total, more than 3.6 million Londoners have now received their booster.
Today the mayor called on more Londoners to come forward and get vaccinated to help themselves and support the NHS – as it was announced that 200 members of the armed forces have been made available to support the NHS in London due to staff shortages due to COVID-19.
The vaccine is safe and effective and has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization from the virus and with record cases of COVID-19 in the capital over the past month, getting so many vaccinated has been essential. as many Londoners as possible.
London has a younger, more mobile and diverse population, with a higher proportion of people not registered with a GP, but continuing to lead the way as a global city in vaccine delivery.
Pop-up mass vaccination clinics, walk-in pharmacies and 24-hour jab-a-thon sessions helped ensure that there were more clinics distributing vaccines in the capital than ‘at any time during the pandemic. This included Redbridge Town Hall being England’s busiest site at Christmas with 904 vaccinations on Christmas Day and another 817 vaccinations on Boxing Day.
The mayor has also worked alongside the NHS, the Office for Improving Health and Disparities and community organizations to positively engage with people hesitant about the vaccine to explain the benefits of vaccination. This included a series of “Big Talk” community-based virtual events designed to encourage open and honest dialogue and to tackle misinformation that can influence people not to get vaccinated.
Work continues in London communities using a range of innovative approaches to encourage Londoners to come forward for their first jab. This includes partnerships with existing community and faith-based organizations such as the Ascension Trust in South East London, which, building on their street pastor approach, engage with the local community on the streets and in local hairdressers, hairdressers and food stores on the importance of immunization.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am incredibly proud of the success of the vaccination program across London. Our capital continues to lead the way as a global vaccine-distributing city, with more than 3.6 million people being boosted and over 87% of adult Londoners receiving their first dose.
“It has been a monumental effort to vaccinate so many Londoners in such a short period of time, and we owe the NHS a huge debt of gratitude. I want to pay tribute to the work of pharmacies, vaccination centers and pop-up clinics which have made it possible to reach millions of people across the capital.
‘With COVID-19 rates still at record highs and the NHS under pressure, it is vital that we continue to do everything possible to vaccinate Londoners and ensure that as many people as possible show up to receive their life-saving vaccine.
“I urge anyone who has yet to have their booster or who is still waiting for their first or second dose to make an appointment as soon as possible to help you, your loved ones and the NHS. It is never too late and you will be greeted warmly by NHS staff. If you have any questions, speak to a healthcare professional who will be able to explain the huge benefits of the vaccine to you. “