Until now the NHS has asked people to wait to be contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first. That remains the case for most people. To make sure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated – you no longer need to wait for an invitation letter.

The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed here.

If you are unable to book online, you can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. The national booking service allows people to arrange a vaccination at their nearest mass vaccination centre (such as Epsom Downs or Selhurst Park) or a community-based pharmacy service (like the one at St Aidan’s Church Hall in Coulsdon). If a suitable and convenient slot is not available, the over 70s can now also call their GP practice to arrange an appointment at the hub for their surgery (for example, at the Old Coulsdon Congregational Church for those registered with the Old Coulsdon or Woodcote Medical Practices; or at Purley War Memorial Hospital for those registered with Keston Medical Practice).