Coronavirus: Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective at protecting people against Coronavirus.

The NHS is currently offering the Coronavirus vaccine to:

  • Children aged five to 11 are eligible for their first dose. Children will be contacted by their GP to arrange their appointment.
  • those aged 12 to 15 will be offered a second vaccination 12 weeks after their first 
  • some children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a second dose of the vaccine eight weeks after their first dose, and could be offered a booster dose three months after their second dose, if they live with someone who is more likely to get infections or has a condition that means they are at high risk from Covid -19.  Children in this group will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments
  • those aged 16 and over will be offered a second dose 8 weeks after their first
  • those aged 16 and over and those most at risk from Covid -19 who have been fully vaccinated will be offered the Covid -19 booster vaccine provided it is three months (91 days) since their second dose
  • those most at risk from Covid-19 will be offered a seasonal booster this autumn and winter

You can make an appointment by booking via the National Booking Portal or by calling NHS 119, free of charge.  

Vaccination sites are run by NHS professionals and have extra measures in place to keep you safe during your visit.  Please remember to always wear a face covering at any vaccination site. 

You can visit the NHS website for further information on the vaccine.

Autumn booster vaccine 2022 

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged five 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.

Flu vaccinations 2022

Free flu vaccinations are available to many people, including those:

  • aged over 50
  • with certain health conditions
  • receive a carers allowance
  • some primary and secondary school children

Vaccination centres

If you are 16+ and haven't had your first, second or booster jab you can book on the national booking system or by calling 119. 

If you have been vaccinated abroad with one of the following vaccines, to have your vaccination validated and added to your NHS record you can go to CP House, W5 2ST :

  • Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
  • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
  • Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)

You must book on the national booking system or call 119 to get validated.

Vaccinations at Pharmacies

There are a number of pharmacies in the borough that offer vaccinations. Days and times can vary from week to week. For the period from Monday 30 January to Sunday 5 February, the details are:

Vaccination Site Booking Options Vaccine

Medicine Chest

413 to 415 King's Road, SW10 0LR

  • Online at National Booking or by calling 119
  • Walk-in
  • Call directly on 020 7351 1142
  • Pfizer (1st, 2nd and Booster doses) (Tues 31 Jan to Sat 4 Feb – 10am to 5pm)
  • Flu vaccine available 

 

Hillcrest Pharmacy 
106 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UA

  • Online at National Booking or by calling 119
  • Walk-in
  • Call directly on 020 7727 6350
  • Pfizer Bivalent (Mon 30, Tues 31 Jan and Fri 3 Feb - 9.30am to 6pm)
  • Flu vaccine available 

Golborne Pharmacy

106 Golborne Road, W10 5PS

  • Online at National Booking or by calling 119
  • Call directly on 8969 8741
  • Pfizer Bivalent (Mon 30 Jan to Fri 3 – 10am to 5pm and Sat 4 Feb – 10am to 4pm)
  • Flu vaccine available

Bayswater Pharmacy

39 to 41 Porchester Road, W2 5DP

  • Online at National Booking or by calling 119
  • Call directly on 020 7221 6895
  • Walk-in
  • Pfizer (1st, 2nd and Booster doses) (Mon 30 Jan to Fri 3- 10am to noon and 1pm to 6pm, Sat 4 Feb -  10am to 5pm)
  • Flu vaccine available

 

Zafash Pharmacy

233 to 235 Old Brompton Road, SW5 0EA

  • Pfizer Bivalent (Mon 30 - 8.45am to noon, Tues 31 Jan - 10am to 4pm, Thurs 2 - 11am to 3.30pm, Fri 3 Feb - 8.30am to 4pm)
  • Flu vaccine available 
Pestle & Mortar

213 Kensington High Street, W8 6BD
  • Online at National Booking or by calling 119
  • Walk-in
  • Call directly on 020 7937 9154
  • Site paused

 

Benson Pharmacy

276 Harrow Road, W2 5ES
  • Online at National Booking or by calling 119
  • Call directly on 020 7286 8738
  • Walk-in 
  • Pfizer Bivalent (Mon 30, Tues 31 Jan and Thurs 2 – 10am to 5pm and Fri 3 Feb– 10am to 1pm)
  • Flu vaccine available

 

 

    When can children be vaccinated?

    All children aged five and over (on or before 31 August 2022) can get a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Children who turned five on or after 1 September 2022 can only get two doses or the vaccine if they have a condition which means they are at high risk from Covid-19, or live with someone who is more likely to get infections.

    Parents/carers can book vaccination appointments online or wait to be contacted by their GP surgery to arrange an appointment at a vaccination site near to you.  

    You can get more information in a guide for parents of children aged five to 11 at higher risk from Covid-19.

    All children will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination. Children aged five to 11 will be given smaller doses than older children and adults. 

    A consent form and information leaflet will be used to seek parental consent in the first instance.

    Parents/carers 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.

    The vaccination should help to reduce the risk of complications, time out of education, and the spread of Covid-19 within schools.

    Find out more about the vaccination programme for children and young people.  

    Information leaflets for children and young people.

    What vaccine for Coronavirus is currently available?

     

    The Covid-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK are:

    • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty)
    • Novavax (Nuvaxovid)
    • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
    • Valneva (Valneva)
    • Moderna vaccine (Spikevax)

    The Coronavirus vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. They all require two doses to provide the best protection. Most people also need a booster dose to help improve the protection from the first two doses.
     

    Who should have the Coronavirus vaccine?

    Anyone aged five or over (on or before 31 August 2022) can get vaccinated. 

    How do I get the Covid-19 vaccination?

     

    If you are in one of the eligible groups you can book online or by calling NHS 119.

    Walk-in Coronavirus vaccinations are also available in some pharmacies.  Please take along proof of your age, name and address and your NHS number, if you have it.

    For information about vaccines, visit the NHS website.

    Are the vaccines safe?

     

    Yes, the vaccines have been proven to be safe. The NHS will not offer any Coronavirus vaccinations to the public unless independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said the three types of vaccine are safe and highly effective. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and monitoring continues after authorisation.

    For people aged 40 or over and those with other health conditions, the NHS advises that the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any risk of clotting problems.

    Will the vaccine protect me?

     

    The vaccine will reduce the chance of you suffering from Coronavirus. Each vaccine has been tested in more than 20,000 people in different countries and shown to be safe. It may take a week or two for your body to build up some protection from the first dose of vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions after vaccination to avoid infection. Some people may still get Coronavirus despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.

    Will the vaccine have side effects?

     

    Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.

    The Medicines Regulator, the MHRA, has confirmed the benefits of the vaccine in preventing Covid-19 continue to outweigh the risks, this is despite a possible link between the vaccination and extremely rare and unlikely specific blood clots.

    The advice continues to be that the benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh any risks and that vaccines continue to be the best way to protect against Covid-19.

    Find out more information about possible side effects.

    Will the vaccine work with the new strain?

     

    Yes, there is no evidence currently that the new strain will be resistant to the current vaccines. Viruses, such as the winter flu, branch into different strains, but these small variations rarely make vaccines ineffective.

    Should people who have already had Coronavirus get vaccinated?

     

    Yes, you should get vaccinated if you are offered the Coronavirus vaccine by the NHS. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Coronavirus as it is for those who haven’t.

    Do I need to leave a space between having the flu vaccine and having the COVID-19 vaccine?

     

    It is not essential to leave time between the flu and Coronavirus vaccine. There has never been a more important time to make sure you – and those you care for – are protected against serious illnesses such as the flu. If you haven’t already received your flu jab and are eligible for the free vaccine, please contact your GP or Pharmacist to book your appointment.

    Can I get the Coronavirus vaccine privately?

     

    No. Coronavirus vaccinations are currently only available through the NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police 101 service and/or Local Trading Standards.

    I’m pregnant/breastfeeding, should I get the vaccine?

     

    You can take the vaccine. The MHRA has updated its guidance for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding.

    If you're pregnant, you should be offered the 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. Pregnant women are able to book through the NHS booking service and will be directed to vaccination centres offering Pfizer and Moderna in their local area in line with this guidance. If you are pregnant you can also speak to your GP practice or maternity service if you have any questions about the vaccine or can talk to a healthcare professional at your vaccination appointment.

    You can also have the vaccine if you're breastfeeding.

    Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks with you.

    There's no evidence that the Coronavirus vaccine has any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. There is no need to avoid becoming pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

    Visit the NHS website for further detailed information.

    What about the allergic reactions that have been reported?

     

    The Coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people – they have been tested on tens of thousands of people and assessed by experts. Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to a previous vaccine. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

    Can I catch Coronavirus from the vaccine?

     

    You cannot catch Coronavirus from the vaccine, but it is possible to have caught Coronavirus and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.

    For more information on Coronavirus symptoms, visit the NHS website.

    Can I give Coronavirus to anyone, after I have had the vaccine?

     

    To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you should:

    • get vaccinated against Covid-19 
    • meet people outside if possible
    • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
    • limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places
    • wear a face covering when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
    • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
       

    Last updated: 30 January 2023