Well being bosses are asking younger individuals in southwest London to get Covid vaccines

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Health bosses in south west London are urging thousands of younger people to get their coronavirus vaccines.

More than 1.6 million coronavirus vaccinations have been given across southwest London, but Covid rates are still rising across the region, reflecting the national picture.

In the seven days leading up to July 10, the number of cases in Croydon was 257 per 100,000, up from 175 per 100,000 the previous week.

In Merton, cases are 230 per 100,000 compared to 190 the previous week. And the fall rate in Sutton is 269 per 100,000 versus 207.

The overall rate in England is 341 per 100,000 and London is 271 per 100,000.

More than 1.6 million coronavirus vaccinations have been given across south-west London

Croydon University Hospital is currently treating 20 coronavirus patients, three of whom are ventilated.

While the Epsom and St. Helier Foundation treats 11 patients in both hospitals, two of which require ventilation.

The NHS in south London ran focus groups on the vaccines for young people who found many would feel safer if they had more information about their effectiveness.

To support this, nurses and staff at vaccination sites away from the main area will be available to answer any questions.

Matron Trudy De Cordova, who provides vaccinations at the Centrale Shopping Center in Croydon, said: “If you are considering getting vaccinated please do not hesitate to speak to your local vaccination provider.

“We have created a warm and friendly environment at our vaccination center in Croydon, and that atmosphere applies to all locations.

“So if you’re not sure if you have your vaccine, just ask us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us without any pressure.

A full list of walk-in vaccination centers can be found here: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/where-can-you-get-vaccinated/vaccination-walk-in-clinics.