Barnes residents encouraged to take a jab

3 February 2022

As part of a series of COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics for areas with a lower take-up rate, residents in Barnes are invited to come to the Castelnau Community Centre next week, meet NHS experts and hopefully then have the jab.

Over 115,000 people have now had the first two jabs and their booster vaccination in the borough. However, there are still some people who are yet to have their first jab. In the Barnes area, we know around 40% of residents aged 16-39 have not yet been vaccinated. We want to make it as easy as possible to access the vaccine, therefore a local walk-in clinic has been organised.

In addition, we know that some people have been hesitant to have the vaccination because they have questions or concerns. To ensure that people have the opportunity to discuss their worries and get the facts, the NHS will also have a private and confidential area for individuals to meet with a health expert. There will be no pressure to have the vaccine on that day, but the facility will be there if people want it.

The information and vaccination event will be at the Castelnau Community Centre on Thursday 10 February between 1.30pm – 6.30pm.

Anyone aged 12+ who is due their first, second or booster vaccination will be able to have their jab throughout the day. No appointments are required, and people can just walk in.

Please remember that second doses and boosters are ONLY given to those who received their first dose 8 weeks’ ago or more. And if you have had COVID-19 recently, you need to wait 28 days before you can have another jab. 

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at Richmond Council, said:

 “Whilst the move towards normality and greater personal freedom will be welcomed by many, we must all understand that the virus is still very much here in our communities.

 “Cases of the COVID-19 are very high in our borough and it is therefore important to make sure that you and your loved ones are vaccinated to prevent serious illness and stop the spread.

“Together with the NHS, we are pulling out all the stops to make it as easy as possible for residents to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and where they are able to get their jab.

“If you haven’t had your vaccine yet and have questions, NHS health experts (including GPs and family clinicians will be there to help. And if you are due jabs two or three, please use this opportunity to have your next dose locally.”

For more information about the vaccine and other walk-ins available, visit the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group

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Updated: 1 March 2022

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