Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
This webpage features information about how you can get your vaccine in Kingston this week, as well as around the Winter booster programme and vaccines for under 16s.
How to get your vaccine in Kingston this week
Visit walk-in sites open this week or book online.
Walk-in vaccinations this week in Kingston:
No appointment is needed for these sessions, and you do not need to be registered with a GP. We will update this page when new walk-in vaccination sessions are announced. Upcoming sessions are listed below:
Kingston Ancient Market House pop up vaccination clinic
Pfizer walk-ins available
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Hawks Road KT1 3EW
Pfizer walk-ins available,12-15 year olds
- Monday 29 November – Friday 3 December 2021, 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Pfizer walk-ins available,16+ year olds
- Monday 29 November – Friday 3 December 2021, 8.30am – 2.30pm
- Tuesday 30 November to Thursday 2 December and Saturday 4 December and Sunday 5 December 2021, 8.30am- 6.30pm
Please note: Hawks Road Vaccination Centre is now offering walk-ins for booster vaccinations.
PSM Pharmacy KT6 7BB
Pfizer walk-ins available, 16+ year olds
- Saturday 27 November 2021, 9am –4pm
- Sunday 28 November 2021, 10am – 3pm
- Wednesday 1 December, 9am – 7pm
- Friday 3 December, 9am – 7pm
- Saturday 4 December, 9am – 4pm
- Sunday 5 December, 9am – 3pm
Other nearby walk-in opportunities
Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth
Pfizer walk-ins available
- Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Roehampton Vaccination Centre SW15 5PN
Pfizer walk-ins available, 12-15 year olds
- Monday 29 November and Friday 3 December 2021, 3.30pm 7.30pm
Pfizer and Oxford AZ walk-ins available, 16+ year olds
- Monday 29 November and Friday 3 December 2021, 10am – 2pm
- Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December 2021, 10am- 6.30pm
Harlequins Rugby Ground TW27SX
Pfizer walk-ins available, 12-15 year olds
- Tuesday 30 November and Thursday 2 December 2021, 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Pfizer walk-ins available, 16+ year olds
- Monday 29 November and Wednesday 1 December 2021, 10am – 6.30pm
- Tuesday 30 November and Thursday 2 December 2021, 10am – 3pm
You no longer need to wait for an invitation to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination from your local walk in vaccine centre. To see if you are eligible for a booster vaccine, click here or see below.
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 can view all the latest information about any walk-in vaccination clinics on SWL NHS's website.
COVID-19 booster vaccinations
The COVID-19 vaccines provide high levels of protection against hospitalisation or of dying from the virus. To maintain this high level of protection through the coming winter, the JCVI is advising that booster vaccines be offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme (priority groups 1 to 9).
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 40 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 39 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The JCVI advises that booster vaccines are offered at least 5 months after a second dose of the vaccine.
Eligible people and all health and social care workers are now entitled to have their Covid booster vaccine at any of our walk-in vaccination centres by showing their ID or proof of employment status, online through the NHS National Booking system here, or by calling 119.
Latest advice on second dose of COVID-19 vaccination for 16 to 17 year olds
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised that all healthy 16 to 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The decision is based on a review of the latest evidence and has been accepted by the Government.
The second vaccine dose should be given to those who wish to take up the offer 12 weeks or more following the first vaccine dose. For those in this age group who have had the COVID-19 infection, the second vaccine dose should be given 12 weeks or more following the first vaccine dose, or 12 weeks following a positive COVID-19 test result – whichever is later. Those ‘at risk’ will continue to be offered a second dose 8 weeks after their first dose.
16 and 17 year olds will not receive the second dose through the schools-led programme, but through vaccination centres, community pharmacies and GP led primary care network sites. The national booking service will be available from Monday 22 November for 16 and 17 year olds to book their vaccine.
Latest advice on COVID-19 booster vaccines for those aged 40 to 49
The JCVI has advised that, in addition to those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from COVID-19, all adults aged 40 to 49 years should be offered an mRNA COVID-19 booster vaccine (typically Pfizer or Moderna), 6 months after their second dose, irrespective of the vaccines given for the first and second doses.
Half Term vaccination offer for 12-15 year olds – get vaccinated at your local vaccination centre
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is now open to all 12-15 year old children. During Autumn half term, we are opening local vaccination centres to this group so that they can attend with their parents, if they wish.
Initially, children were given the option to get vaccinated at school. This was in line with other school based vaccination programmes. Now 12-15 year olds can walk in across our South West London boroughs each day during half term at community vaccination sites and some of our GP-led vaccination centres.
You can find details and the times of the walk-in vaccination clinics open to 12-15 year olds on the NHS website.
We ask and encourage conversations about the Covid-19 vaccination at home between children and their parents and carers. We would encourage anyone who still has questions about the Covid-19 vaccine to come and talk to our friendly teams, we will be happy to answer any questions children or parents may have at a local vaccination site so that you can make the right decision for you – with no pressure to get your vaccine.
You can find the latest list of FAQ’s on the NHS website.
The COVID-19 vaccination aims to protect young people from COVID-19, reduce outbreaks that occur in school and protect friends and family against the virus. If you haven’t received your vaccination in school, please visit a local site during your half term break.
Kingston & Richmond 12-15 Year Old Vaccination Q&A Webinar
Parents and carers with questions about Covid-19 vaccinations for young people were invited to join Kingston and Richmond councils, along with a panel of experts on Wednesday 3 November, for an online Q&A session.
The panellists for the evening included:
Dr Naz Jivani - Local GP and Clinical Commissioning Group Lead
Nic Kane - Chief Nurse for Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare
Judith Foy - Chief Pharmacist at Kingston Hospital
Charis Penfold - Director for Education Services for Achieving for Children, Kingston & Richmond
To watch the full Q&A, you can visit our Youtube Channel here.
12- 15 year old vaccines FAQs
I thought young people were safe from Covid-19 and won’t need vaccines?
Whilst young people’s vulnerability to Covid-19 is lower than elderly members of the population, they can still catch the virus. Due to Covid-19 being a very infectious respiratory disease, the vaccine will help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools and reduce the need for children to have time off school.
The period of infection being shortened will mean that the virus is less prevalent and is in short circulation in Kingston, preventing others that may be unvaccinated or in need of a booster jab suffering the effects of Covid-19.
If my child has had COVID, are there further benefits of getting the vaccine?
It’s still recommended, because immunity through the vaccine strengthens your own natural immunity. However, your child should wait until 28 days have passed since the date of a positive COVID test.
My son panics when he sees needles – what can I do to support him?
This is a common issue, which school and medical teams are very used to dealing with. Nurses are really experienced and will use practiced methods to minimise anxiety and stress – and will allow enough time to put young people at ease. As a parent, please reassure your child of this. It’s also recommended you ask your school to inform the vaccination team if your child has a particular needle phobia.
What if my child has not turned 12 yet?
School based immunisation teams will only vaccinate children aged 12 and above in line with government guidance. We are putting in place a process for other settings including GPs and mass vaccination sites to provide vaccinations to healthy 12-15 year olds. There will continue to be provision for those aged 12 and over in the coming months.
Is it safe to give the vaccine to a child with specific health conditions, including rare genetic disorders and special educational needs?
As advised by the Joint Commission on Vaccination and Immunisations, persons aged 12 to 15 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, should be offered 2 doses of PfizerBNT162b2 vaccine with an interval of 8 weeks between doses. This currently includes children with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register. Details regarding additional person groups with underlying health conditions to be offered vaccination will be provided as updates in the Green Book.
I still have some concerns and questions
You can pop into any of the vaccination clinics to talk to staff at any time. We’re aware of the concerns people have and there is no pressure for parents to vaccinate their children whatsoever. All we wish to do is inform people to the best of our ability so that they can make the best decisions for their family.
NHS vaccination staff are here to help and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
For more information about Covid-19 and vaccines click here.
Winter Flu vaccinations
The list of people eligible for the flu vaccine this year is similar to that for the Covid booster jab, but for full details on who's eligible, visit here.
Vaccines for those under the age of 18
The NHS is offering COVID-19 vaccination to children and young people. This includes those aged 12 to 17 years at increased risk from infection who will need 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 8 weeks apart. All other young people aged 12 to 17 years will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Any decision over whether a second dose will be offered to these 12 to 17 year olds will be made at a later date.
Many vaccines will be provided at schools. In these cases, young people receiving the vaccine will require a consent form, signed by a parent or guardian. A nurse or GP will be present to answer any questions.
Information about the coronavirus vaccine
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 any guidance that may be relevant at the time. 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.
Information about 2nd dose appointments
The Government and the JCVI have announced that second dose appointments for those who have yet to receive theirs will be brought forward, shortening the previous interval from 12 to 8 weeks. Nobody needs to contact the NHS. If you need to manage your appointment, you can do this at nhs.uk/covidvaccine.
Further information and resources
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 the fullest 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 maintaining greater normality and reducing any potential restrictions on seeing your family and friends. You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine.
In those aged 18-39, or pregnant women, an alternative vaccine will be offered, 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 these groups 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 our first and strongest defence against coronavirus. It is still strongly recommended that you continue to follow guidance around hand washing, maintaining a safe space, meeting outdoors, ensuring good ventilation indoors, testing regularly, and using the NHS app.