Residents in Richmond are invited to get their COVID-19 vaccine this Saturday, at a walk-in clinic in the Town Centre, with no appointments or NHS numbers required.

As the nation gears up for the removal of Covid restrictions later this month, it is more important than ever that people get both doses of their vaccine, to protect themselves and those around them.

The clinic will be at Richmond Adult Community College, from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 10 July.

No appointments will be needed and both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be available. The walk-in clinic will allow people to attend at a time that is convenient for them and means groups of friends can attend together to have their first doses.

It is also an opportunity for people who missed their second dose of the vaccine or haven’t got round to booking it, to ensure they are fully vaccinated. However, please remember that second doses are ONLY given to those who received their first 8 weeks ago or more.

This is the latest walk-in clinic available in Richmond upon Thames - with others planned in the weeks ahead around the borough.

Richmond GP, Dr Patrick Gibson said:

“The NHS and Richmond Council have worked together closely to organise this local walk-in clinic for Richmond residents to make getting the vaccination as convenient and easy as possible.

“If you’re planning to be in Richmond in Saturday, or live near-by, and haven’t yet had your vaccine, please come along and see us.

“If you missed your second dose of the vaccine or didn’t get round to booking it, you are also welcome to attend - but please make sure you had your first jab eight weeks ago or more. Otherwise you will be turned away and asked to return to a future clinic.”

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 many local people have had their vaccine, we know that there are pockets of people who are still yet to have their jab. This includes people who live in South Richmond.

“With the restrictions about to be lifted, it is more important now than ever to make sure that you are vaccinated. We can all see our case numbers are rocketing. And whilst the vaccine can’t totally prevent you from getting the virus, it will reduce the likelihood of you needing to go to hospital.

“This walk-in is a perfect opportunity for people who are nervous and need the moral support of friends to have the vaccine together, although please be assured that NHS staff will always on hand to help anyone who is feeling anxious.

“When you attend your appointment please be prepared to queue and check social media beforehand; in case the walk-in clinics are full. We recommend you ensure you have eaten beforehand, bring a drink and dress appropriately for the weather.”

A recent study by Public Health England found that having both doses of the vaccine significantly increased protection against the more transmissible Delta and Beta variants.

People who have had both vaccinations can demonstrate their vaccination status two weeks after their second dose through the NHS COVID Pass. This can be used for travelling abroad to some countries and at a series of event trials in England.

For more information visit the NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group website.

– from a Richmond Council press release - 6 July 2021