The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against coronavirus.
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.
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps 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.
Please book and attend your appointment. You can book your appointment at a vaccination centre, pop-up centre or a community pharmacy.
Vaccines for those aged 5 to 11
All children aged 5 to 11 are eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 cases remain high among school children. 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 Pfizer 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 in 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.
The vaccine programme for 12 to 15 year olds is taking place primarily through schools.
If your child or children are aged 12 to 15 and have not yet had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can now book online using the NHS website.
Parents/guardians are asked to complete and bring 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.
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.
A COVID-19 booster vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. The NHS are now providing COVID-19 booster vaccines for people aged 16 or over.
You can pre-book a booster dose online from two months (61 days) after your second dose. You’ll be offered appointment dates from three months (91 days) after your second dose. Frontline health and social care workers can book an appointment online if it's been at least three months (91 days) since their second dose.
Vaccination Validation Centres
Did you receive your COVID-19 vaccination abroad or in another nation of the UK?
If you’ve had any COVID-19 vaccinations outside of England, you can update your NHS record by calling NHS 119 free of charge.
You can also attend a local walk-in vaccination day each Sunday throughout July between 10am and 6pm at 99 Church Street, London, NW8 8SY.
You must bring your passport and proof of which COVID-19 vaccinations you have had and when.
Alongside the validation service will be a vaccination service including a family offer. Family offer vaccinations are for those aged over 5 years old.
Vaccines available on the day will be Pfizer and Moderna.
Alternatively, you can book an appointment at a vaccination validation centre in Northwest London.
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.
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