Kingston University (KU) will host walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations today (Friday, June 18) amid rising numbers of new infections in the borough.

Everyone aged 18 and over in the borough are being encouraged to attend as authorities seek to stem a rising tide of new Covid-19 cases in Kingston linked to the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus.

Consequently the Pfizer vaccine is being offered to everyone who turns up at KU on Friday between 1pm and 7pm, whether as a first or second dose, to help protect as many residents as possible and help break transmission in the community.

"The event, taking place at Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus, comes hot on the heels of a nationwide announcement that everyone aged 18 and over is now eligible for the vaccine.

"Anyone aged 18+ can head over to the site on Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus between 1-7pm to receive their first dose. No appointment is needed.

"Today’s walk-in vaccine event is being delivered by local GPs and the NHS, Kingston Council and Kingston University," a Kingston Council spokesperson said.

As the Surrey Comet reported previously, the borough previously reported the highest infection rate of anywhere in London, forcing authorities including the council and Public Health England (PHE) to introduce surge testing to help trace and isolate new infections.

While other London boroughs such as Wandsworth and Lambeth now have higher infection rates than Kingston, new cases are still rising in the borough.

According to the latest PHE data, there were 131 new cases of Covid-19 in Kingston in the seven days to June 12.

That represented an increase of 35, or 36.5 per cent, on the previous week's figure.

The borough's infection rate of cases per 100,000 people stood at 73.8 over the time period, similar to the UK-wide average of 75.

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