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 Market House - ONE DAY ONLY, Saturday 25 September, 10am-5pm. Pfizer vaccine walk-ins for everybody 16+!
- Hawks Road - Pfizer vaccines 16+ - Walk-in everyday this week until Sunday 26 September. Open 9.00am - 6.15pm
- PSM Pharmacy, Surbiton - Pfizer walk-ins - 16+
This week's sessions:
- Tuesday 21 September - Friday 24 September 9am-7pm
- Saturday 25 September 9am-4pm
- Boots, Union Street, Monday 20 September - Wednesday 22 September, 8:45-13:00 & 14:00-17:15. Moderna vaccine 18+
Walk-in vaccinations this week near Kingston:
- Teddington Health and Social Care Centre (TW11 0LR), Pfizer vaccine available to everyone 16+, Tuesday 21 September - Saturday 25 September, 9am-3pm
- Roehampton Vaccination Centre (SW15 5PN), Pfizer (for everyone 16+) and AstraZeneca (40+, or under 40 and received a 1st AstraZeneca dose) walk-ins available every day until Sunday 26 September, 8.45am-6.15pm
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 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 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 6 months after a second dose of the vaccine. If you are eligible for a booster, the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.
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 NHS is now offering the coronavirus vaccine to everybody aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it.
If you are aged 18 or over, or you will turn 18 within 3 months, you do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS. You can now book by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119 free or find a local walk-in vaccination site. Young people aged 16 and 17, will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to book their single Pfizer vaccination appointments. Additionally, those 16 & 17 year olds who do not want to wait to be contacted can take advantage of any of the walk-in vaccination offers. Parents or guardians of children aged 12 to 15 who are all to be offered a single Pfizer vaccine will be contacted by letter with information about when the vaccination will be offered. Most of these children will be offered the vaccination through their school.
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.