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 Spring booster programme and vaccines for under 16s.
Visit walk-in sites open this week or book online.
The Hook Centre, 9 Green End, Hook, Chessington KT9 1AE
Pop up clinic, 18+ anyone eligible for 1st, 2nd and Booster doses
Wednesday 27th July, 1pm to 4.30pm
Kingston Library, Fairfield Road, KT1 2PS
For those aged 5-11
Friday 29th July, 1pm to 4.30pm
New Malden Library, Kingston Road, KT3 3LY
Pop up clinic, 18+ anyone eligible for 1st, 2nd, Booster and Spring Booster
Thursday 4th August, 1pm to 4.30pm
Community pharmacies offering vaccination include:
Boots, Union Street, Kingston
Ace Pharmacy, Kingston, KT9 1DR
PSM Pharmacy, Kingston, KT6 7BB
Pearl Chemist-Surbiton, KT6 7DJ
You can view all the latest walk-in vaccine sites in Kingston and surrounding boroughs on the SWL ICB website. No appointment is needed for these sessions, and you do not need to be registered with your GP.
You no longer need to wait for an invitation to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination from your local walk in vaccine centre. Everyone over the age of 16 can now get their booster jab, as long as it has been at least three months since your second dose of the vaccine.
Vaccinations now open to all over 5 years old
Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Children aged 5-17 can get a 2nd dose from 12 weeks after they had their 1st dose.
- Children who are at high risk or live with someone who has a weakened immune system, can get a 2nd dose from 8 weeks after they had their 1st dose.
- Those 18 years old or over will be offered 2nd dose appointments from 8 weeks (56 days) after your 1st dose
Please note: If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. You need to:
- wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 18 years old or over
- wait 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old
- wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 12 to 17 years old and at high-risk from COVID-19
People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
Visit nhs.uk to book your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens at your appointment. You can also call 119 to book a vaccination.
To book an appointment you must be registered with a GP.
12-15 year old vaccine FAQs
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
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.
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.