On Saturday 20th March 2021 from 1.15pm to 4.00pm, our team from Thornton Road and Valley Park Surgery will be running a pop-up vaccination clinic at Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre with the Oxford / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The address is 525 London Rd, Thornton Heath CR7 6AR.
No appointment necessary – simply walk in between 1.15pm to 4.00pm on Saturday.
This service is available for people of all faiths or none in Croydon.
If you are eligible (see below) and would like to have the vaccine, please complete this very short survey, takes no more than 1 minute: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5YRQZBH
This opportunity has been arranged by Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre in collaboration with our local GP surgery and Covid19 vaccination site, Valley Park Surgery (branch site of Thornton Road Surgery).
Dr Quraishi, our GP Lead and the GP who will be leading the vaccination team on Saturday, has recorded messages in English and Urdu to address the rumours about the Covid-19 vaccination:
Who can have the vaccine?
- Anyone aged 50 and over
- People aged 16 or over with any of the following AND who have not yet had their 1st COVID-19 vaccination:
- a blood cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma which has resulted in a hospital admission previously
- a kidney disease
- a liver disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as HIV infection, steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or psoriasis (who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments)
- have had an organ transplant
- had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological or muscle wasting condition
- a severe or profound learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, example sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are significantly overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder
- Anyone aged 18+ who are categorised as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
- Health and Social Care Workers
You should NOT attend this clinic if:
- You have had a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine already
- You are not in any of the groups listed above
- You have had COVD-19 in the last 4 weeks
- You have or have had any of the COVID-19 symptoms in the last 4 weeks (fever, new continuous cough or loss of smell or taste)
- You ever had a severe life-threatening allergy to a vaccine
- You have had any other vaccines in the last 7 days
- You have been given the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a trial
- You are under the age of 16
- You are or could be pregnant now
Common rumours and myths about the Covid-19 vaccine:
- the vaccine can make you infertile: this is false and there is no evidence to support this claim.
- the vaccine was developed too fast and there has not been enough research: the vaccine has had undergone a huge amount of research, testing and regulatory approval, before it was made available to the public. In March 2021, over 20 million people have had the Covid vaccination in the UK, and 320 million people across the world.
- the vaccine has severe side-effects and changes your DNA: there is no evidence that the vaccine can alter your DNA, and most people experience only mild side effects such as a sore arm, a headache and feeling tired and achy.
- the ingredients are not halal or kosher: the Covid-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.
- the vaccine contains microchips: this is not true, the vaccine only contains medicine.
- the vaccine contains aborted fetus cells: this is not true, again the vaccine only contains medicine.
- the vaccine causes blood clotting: there is insufficient evidence to suggest a link between the vaccine and blood clotting. More information can be found on the GOV.uk website, the website for the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis and the Astrazeneca website.