Coronavirus vaccination bus
Protect your family, friends and community. The sooner we are all vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to normal.
A coronavirus vaccine bus is in different locations in Westminster and offering a walk-in service.
It will initially only be able to offer vaccines to those over 40 years old, and a limited numbers of vaccines will be available each day so please come down early to avoid disappointment.
NHS staff are on board to deliver the vaccine, alongside council staff and volunteers to answer any questions you may have about the vaccine, testing, and staying safe during coronavirus.
You can also pick up free COVID-19 home testing kits from the bus. Taking twice-weekly symptom-free tests can help prevent us all from spreading the virus.
Frequently asked questions
Will the vaccine protect me?
The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against coronavirus. The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus from three or four weeks after you've had it. You need to have both doses to give you longer lasting protection. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective. This means it’s important to continue to take a symptom-free test twice a week, and follow the hands, face, space, fresh air advice.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Can I choose which vaccine I want?
No. The vaccines that the NHS uses and in what circumstances will be decided by the MHRA.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Should I get vaccinated?
Yes, you should get vaccinated when you are offered the COVID-19 vaccine by the NHS. It’s just as important for those who have already had COVID-19 as it is for those who haven’t.
Can the vaccine cause side effects and is the AstraZeneca vaccine safe to receive?
Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. The MHRA has confirmed the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19 continue to outweigh the risks. Anyone who is at a higher risk of specific types of blood clots because of their medical condition should speak to their GP before receiving their vaccination. If you’re under 40, it's preferable to have an alternative COVID-19 vaccine.
What about people with uncertain immigration status, can they receive the vaccine?
Vaccines will be offered to every adult living in the UK free of charge by the NHS, regardless of immigration status. This will include anyone living in the UK without permission. Local NHS teams will reach out to those who aren't registered with a GP to ensure they are offered the vaccine.
What is the guidance for pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding and is there any impact on fertility?
If you’re pregnant, you should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine when you’re eligible for it. It’s preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they’ve been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues. You can also have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re breastfeeding. There’s no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.