The start of the COVID19 vaccination rollout clearly gives us all hope that the difficult times and lockdown will hopefully end in the near future. Penge residents in the highest risk groups (starting with those aged 80+) have started being contacted by our local GPs to offer appointments to receive the first of the two vaccine doses needed. Healthcare and social care staff will usually receive vaccines through local hospitals and a small number of GP practices.

Until now appointments have been at Beckenham Beacon, but from last week this week all local practices around Penge have been able to offer appointments at a local GP Surgery to get vaccinated. It is therefore important that you are registered with a GP practice, and if you’re not. can quickly do so online or by telephoning to register.

People will be contacted by their GP practice and offered to book an appointment. This might be by telephone call or text message. Due to thousands of vaccinations happening very quickly in the area, please do not telephone your GP to try to book. The local NHS staff have assured us that people will not be forgotten and there is sufficient vaccine for everyone in the most at-risk groups.

The centre will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. After receiving the first injection of the vaccine, a second appointment will be needed around 12 weeks later to get the second dose. (Both doses are needed to provide full immunity from Coronavirus)

Larger vaccination centres are also being planned for February where appointments to get the vaccine will be bookable online for those who can do so and do not mind travelling; likely to be at Bromley Civic Centre and a venue in Sydenham. 

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