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Find out more about autumn and winter vaccinations

Vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against coronavirus. It’s our best defence against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being offered to those aged 5 and over. Find out more about all those eligible on the NHS website.

It is important that you have both doses of your vaccine. The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine offers a high level of protection, but to get longer-lasting protection you will need to get a second dose.

Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine help improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. Find more information about the booster vaccine and eligibility below.

You can book your COVID-19 vaccination by visiting the NHS vaccination website or calling NHS 119, free of charge. You can also find out more about vaccination centres, events and walk-in clinics in Westminster or other NHS locations across North West London.

Vaccines for those aged 5 to 11

All children aged 5 to 11 are eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Getting vaccinated continues to be the best way to protect you and your family from the virus.

Please visit the NHS website to book your child’s vaccination.

Two doses are being offered to children aged 5 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19. Most children can get a second dose from 12 weeks after they had their first dose. If your child has a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19 or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system, they can get a second dose from 8 weeks after they had their first dose.

Please visit GOV.UK for a guide for parents of children aged 5-11 at high risk from COVID-19 for more information.

Vaccines for those aged 12 to 15

Currently all children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, with 12 weeks between the first and second dose. 12 to15 year olds with health conditions that puts them at higher risk from COVID-19, or are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed are being offered two doses, at least 8 weeks apart. A third primary dose is available, from three months (91 days) after second dose.

If your child or children are aged 12 to 15 and have not yet had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can book online using the NHS website.

Parents or guardians are asked to complete and bring the the NHS consent form with them, even if you have already previously done so. If you are unable to print the consent form in advance a copy will be available at the clinic.

See more information and FAQs on the GOV.UK website

Information leaflets for children and young people

Vaccines for those aged 16 and over

If you're 16 years old or over and had your first dose, you can book your second dose at least 12 weeks after your first, and the booster from 3 months (91 days) after your second dose. You can book through the national booking system or by calling NHS 119, free of charge. You'll need to wait 24 hours after your first dose before you can book.

For those aged 18 and over, you should book an appointment for your second dose for 8 weeks after your first and the booster from 3 months (91 days) after your second dose through the national booking system or by calling NHS 119, free of charge.

If eight weeks have passed since you had your first vaccine, you can walk-in to an NHS vaccination centre for your second.

Find out more about vaccination centres and walk-in clinics in Westminster or other NHS locations across North West London.

Booster vaccines

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group, and health and social care staff will be offered a booster COVID-19 vaccine this autumn.

COVID-19 is still with us, and people can still become very ill. Having your autumn booster vaccination will ensure you continue to have the best protection against the virus through the winter months.

When are where can I get my COVID booster vaccine?

The NHS is inviting eligible people when it’s their turn to come forward.

The oldest and most vulnerable will be called forward first. You will then be able to book on the NHS website, by phoning 119 or by visiting a walk-in vaccination site without an appointment, as long as it has been three months since your last dose.

Please accept the vaccination that is offered to you as soon as you are able to – it is important to have your booster and build up your protection against severe illness before the winter.

If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or a third dose for those with a weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.

If you are eligible for the autumn booster but think you have missed a previous booster you should still go ahead – you will not need another dose.

Further information

The COVID-19 vaccination sites are run by NHS professionals and have extra measures in place to keep you safe during your visit. 

We know many of you will have questions about the vaccine and are concerned about the safety of the vaccinations.

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available on the NHS website.

COVID-19 help and information