COVID-19 Vaccination programme
Don’t miss out.
The Covid-19 vaccine reduces your chance of getting infected by almost 80% and could mean you don’t need to self-isolate in certain situations.
There now nearly 100 vaccination centres in north east London. Everyone aged 16 and over can get a vaccine and we urge anyone who has not yet had their first vaccine to get theirs.
Everyone over 16 can now book via the national booking system, call 119, or find out about local walk in services here. People aged 16-17 can walk into the vaccination centres listed here or find a local vaccination service here without an appointment (no need to book, just turn up) and get your jab now. You do not need to come with a parent/guardian.
Do you have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine? We’ve got the answers. From how safe is it, to will I get side effects, or why should I get it if I’m low risk? Simply click here.
Second doses are really important to give you maximum protection from Covid-19 and are now being given 8 weeks after the first dose.
Anyone who books through the National Booking Service will be offered their second dose appointment 56 to 84 days (8 to 12 weeks) after their first dose appointment. You can also log in via the system and book a new appointment for after 8 weeks. Second vaccinations are not being offered sooner than 8 weeks after the first.
This animation explains why they are so important.
Booster jabs are now being offered to vulnerable adults to make sure they have a high level of protection as we head into winter, as research suggests the protection provided by vaccines decreases gradually over time. Boosters will offered to:
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers, and adult carers
- all those aged 16 to 49 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19
- adults who live with immunosuppressed people.
To be eligible, individuals must also have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at least six months ago. The Pfizer vaccine will be given in the booster programme, regardless of which vaccine someone received for their first two doses.
Booster jabs need to be booked and if you are eligible you can go ahead and book your booster now at participating sites on the National Booking Service. People will also be contacted by the NHS or your GP directly and invited to book.
The Covid-19 vaccine: frequently asked questions and answers for younger adults and over 16s
Are you aged over 16 and have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine? We’ve got the answers.
From how safe is it, to will I get side effects, or why should I get it if I’m low risk?
The vaccination programme in north east London
We are vaccinating those aged 16 and above and some at risk younger people. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS to book your vaccination.
- Everyone aged 16 and over can book your vaccine using the national booking system, calling 119, or where possible, book directly with, or walk into, a local vaccination centre - Full details of where and how you can do this are here.
- If you are 16-17 you can walk into the vaccination centres listed here without an appointment (no need to book, just turn up) and get your Pfizer jab now.
- If you are pregnant it is advisable you have the Pfizer vaccine please contact your GP to arrange this
- If you live or work in a care home and haven't been vaccinated please speak to your manager
- If you are a frontline health and social care worker, please book your booster vaccination on the national booking system, call 119, contact your manager or book using the staff booking system applicable in your organisation
Important: The vaccine only provides protection if you are vaccinated.
For more information please read the frequently asked questions about the vaccine here.
You can find information on the vaccine in different languages here.
Beware of scams
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points:
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free .
- The NHS will never ask for payment or bank details to confirm or book your vaccine.
- Right now we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is probably committing a crime.
You can help
As your local NHS works hard to deliver the vaccination programme for north east London please remember that you have an important part to play:
- please attend your booked appointments;
- follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
It is really important that you make sure you stay safe and follow guidance on washing hands, covering your face and keeping your distance from other people. Your NHS services are really stretched at the moment, we need to you to protect yourself, your family, friends and others, and your NHS.
This is a marathon, not a sprint, and we cannot let down our guard. By working together today, tomorrow and every day going forward we will take another step on the path back to normal life.