Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
The NHS is now offering the coronavirus vaccine to everybody aged 18 and over.
The coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. When you have had the vaccine, you still must follow the guidance around staying at home, wearing a face covering and social distancing. View the most up to date vaccination information on the NHS website.
The vaccine is always offered free of charge by the NHS. The NHS will never ask for your bank details to prove your identity.
The vaccine is currently being rolled out to people who are:
- aged 18 or over
- clinically extremely vulnerable
- clinically vulnerable
- a person with a learning disability
- a main carer for somebody at higher risk of coronavirus
You can now book by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119 free. Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the vaccine, and can now book using the national online booking system.
For all other groups, the NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from an independent group of experts, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), who have recommended that the NHS first offers vaccines to those at highest risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19.
Walk in vaccinations
This Friday, 25 June, 10.30am-6pm, there is a vaccination walk-in session at Kingston Mosque. No need to book, simply turn up to Kingston Mosque, 55 East Road, KT2 6EJ, if you:
- Are eligible for your first dose of the vaccine or;
- You are due your second dose of AstraZeneca, and had your first dose before mid-April.
From Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 June 2021, 9am-7pm, there will also be walk-in sessions at Hawks Road Vaccination Centre. This walk-in session is for 1st and 2nd doses of the AstraZeneca. Your second dose should be at least 8 weeks after your first.
Under 40? A clinician will be available to speak to you about your vaccination options.
If you have them, it's useful if you can bring:
- Your vaccination card from your first dose
- Or, if this is for your first dose, proof of age, such as a driving license or ID
You do not need to be registered to a GP.
You can view all the latest information about any walk-in vaccination clinics on SWL NHS's website.
Information about 2nd dose appointments
The Government and the JCVI have announced that second dose appointments will be brought forward, shortening the previous interval from 12 to 8 weeks for those aged 40 and over who have yet to receive theirs. Nobody needs to contact the NHS.
Further information and resources
You can also read through a number of leaflets created by the government about the vaccination roll out, or read key information set out below.
- Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine
- A guide for older adults
- What to expect after vaccination
- Protection for healthcare workers
- Protection for social care staff
- For social care workforce
You can also find information about the vaccine in easy read format:
- Easy read guide to what to expect after your COVID vaccine (video)
- Easy read download: mythbusting
- Easy read what to expect after your vaccine
If you are interested in volunteering to support the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, please get in touch with Volunteering Kingston.
Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe?
The coronavirus vaccine has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
It is safe and effective, and provides full protection from coronavirus around a week or two after your second dose. Getting vaccinated means protecting yourself from the virus. It is the best chance we have of getting back to normality and reducing the restrictions on seeing your family and friends. You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine.
In those aged 18-39, an alternative vaccine will be offered when the time is right for vaccinating this group, and GPs will ensure the appropriate vaccine is offered, and any questions are answered. The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has stated that this change in course has been made - not because there is a high risk to the under 40s from this vaccine, but due to them having taken an approach of the utmost caution - which should provide great reassurance, and is quite normal in the rollout of a global vaccination program.
The vaccine is one part of our defence against our coronavirus. It is still vital that you continue to follow the rules around hands, face and space, as well as social contact and ventilation. Find out more about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from coronavirus.