Covid-19 vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine helps to make us all safer. It has been proved safe and effective by independent experts, and is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and save thousands of lives.

Who can get vaccinated?

Covid-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 12 or over.

All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered. Most children will be given their vaccine at school.

Find out more about who can get a Covid-19 vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from Covid-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have one.

Find out more about the Covid-19 booster vaccine

Where can I get vaccinated?

No booking needed at the pop-up venues listed below, just walk-in. 

Minimum of 8 weeks required between jabs please.

Find out about walk-in availability at other large vaccination centres.

Vaccination bus and pop-up clinics

  • Saturday 25 September, 12 noon to 6pm
    Pop-up clinic, Westfield Shopping Centre
    Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7GF
    (Outside area, near to Next)
    Pfizer vaccinations, 16+ 
    Minimum of 8 weeks required between jabs.
    Google map showing Westfield Shopping Centre

Walk-in vaccinations at your local pharmacy

  • Hamlins Pharmacy
    Unit 2 Cranford Court, Bloemfontein Road, W12 7DA (next to Park View Centre)
    Just walk in
    Vaccines: Astra Zeneca and Pfizer
    Vaccination hours: Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 3.30pm.
    020 8743 5442

  • Kanari Pharmacy
    682-684 Fulham Road, SW6 5SA
    Just walk in
    Vaccine: Moderna
    Vaccination hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9:30am to 5pm.
    020 7736 1500

  • Marcus Jones Pharmacy
    96 Old Oak Common Lane, Acton, W3 7DA
    Just walk in
    Vaccine: Pfizer
    Vaccination hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6:30pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm.
    020 8743 3674

  • Parmay Pharmacy
    Unit 4, 160 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9PR
    Booking only. To book, call 119 or go to Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS
    Vaccine: Pfizer
    Vaccination hours: Thursday to Saturday.
    020 7381 4376 (general enquiries – call 119 to book a vaccine)

Booking an appointment

If you wish to book a vaccine in advance at an approved community pharmacy or one of the larger vaccination sites or you can do so by visiting Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination on the NHS website.

If you are unable to book online call 119 free of charge (7am to 11pm, seven days a week).

Testing

One in three infected people show no symptoms. To keep peace of mind, get a free coronavirus test - for everyone in H&F aged 12 and older. 

Further information and frequently asked questions

The Covid-19 vaccine will give you good protection from coronavirus but there is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine. To reduce the spread of coronavirus in the community, please continue to follow government  guidelines even after you have had both doses of the vaccine.

If you have any questions about the vaccine, getting to the vaccine centre or facilities at the centre please contact the H&F CAN helpline on Freephone 0800 145 6095, open 8am to 6pm seven days a week, or email: can@lbhf.gov.uk

  • Covid-19 vaccination FAQs for students in higher education

    How will students be invited for the Covid-19 vaccination? 

    The Covid-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. Local areas may also work with partners to set up “pop up” temporary clinics at locations convenient for students to access, for example, on university campuses. 

    Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119. 

    Those who are registered with a GP will also receive an invitation to be vaccinated from their GP practice. 

    Some vaccination centres and pharmacies offer walk-in vaccinations. Find a walk-in coronavirus vaccination site.

    How can students access their second dose if they are in a different location to where they had their first dose?

    The NHS have published FAQs on second doses in general here.

    In general, you should return to the place you had your first dose to have the second dose.

    However, it is appropriate for students to receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose due to their circumstances. The National Booking Service has an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.

    If a student had a first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but is in England at the time of their second dose, they should either book a second dose through the National Booking Service (if they are registered with a GP in England and therefore have an English NHS number), or register with a GP in England and book an appointment that way. Or the student can approach a local GP and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient.

    Can students due to start a health or social care placement be vaccinated before their placement starts?

    All adults in the UK aged 18 or over should have been offered their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by now.

    Anyone who starts working in the NHS or in social care and has not been vaccinated should be offered the vaccination through occupational health departments or be aware of where they can access the vaccination through their employer.

    The second dose should not be brought forward in these circumstances.

    What if a student is eligible for their first dose in England, but will be abroad for their second dose (eg overseas placement)?

    The student should contact the health service in the country where they are resident at the time the second dose is due.

    How can students obtain a Covid vaccine certificate?

    There is information on GOV.UK about Covid vaccine certification.

    Where can students find more information?

    Students can visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination for more information about the Covid-19 vaccination.

    Are international students eligible for the vaccination?

    Anybody aged 16 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

    Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?

    Nobody in England has to pay for the Covid-19 vaccination. The Covid-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

    International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud.

    More information on Covid-19 vaccine scams is on the Action Fraud website.

    Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?

    While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

    How does an international student get an NHS number?

    International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

    Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination?

    Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn.

    How does an international student get a vaccine?

    International students should be encouraged to register with a GP and get an NHS number.

    An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

    It is possible to request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local GP practice. While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

    See www.nhs.uk/register for more information on GP registration.

    If an international student is not registered with a GP, will they still be invited for their vaccination?

    Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service. We encourage all students to register with a GP and they can be directed to www.nhs.uk/register for more information.

    However, international students can book their vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with their NHS number if they have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

    What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

    If a person has received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, advice on the most similar alternative should be offered (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance).

    The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

    Where can students find more information?

    You can find more information on the vaccine on www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

    You can find more information on Covid restrictions on the GOV.UK website.

  • Getting your vaccine

    Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine?

    See who can get the vaccine.

    Can I turn up at the vaccination centre without an appointment?

     Find out about walk-in availability at the large vaccination centres.

    You are encouraged to book via the NHS coronavirus vaccination booking page as it will offer an appointment in line with your eligibility and will avoid you being turned away due to lack of availability of vaccines.

    Do I need to know my NHS number to use the booking website or phone line?

    No. It’s easier if you do have your NHS number, but if you don’t, you can still book appointments using other details, provided you are registered with a GP practice. You can find your NHS number on the NHS App or on the NHS find your NHS number web page.

    Why have I not been contacted by anyone about a vaccination?

    If you are aged 16 or over or were on the shielded patient list, then it is likely that you have been contacted by the NHS already. If you haven’t, this could be for a number of reasons, but is most likely to be because you are not registered with a GP or have recently moved, and the NHS therefore don’t have your contact details.

    If you have never registered with a GP or haven’t been to a GP for a number of years, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.

    As well as getting access to Covid-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it.

    More information on registering with a GP is available on the NHS website.

    How do I get an NHS number?

    You may already have an NHS number but just don’t know it. If you don’t know your NHS number, you can find out if you have one and what it is on the NHS website.

    If you don’t have an NHS number this is likely to be because you are not registered with a GP. If this is the case, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.

    As well as getting access to Covid-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it.

    More information on registering with a GP is available on the NHS website. 

    What if I book an appointment through the NHS website or 119 and I need to rearrange it?

    If you need to rearrange an appointment that you booked through the NHS website, you can do this through the ‘manage your appointments’ section on the booking page. Book or manage your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination

    If you booked through 119, you can also ring to rearrange your appointment.

    If you can’t attend your appointment for any reason, please cancel or rearrange it so that the appointment slot can be given to someone else who needs it.

    Can I still book if I previously had an appointment but didn’t attend or cancel it?

    Yes. Only those who have had a vaccination recorded are marked on the system and are therefore unable to book again.

    What do I do if I have an invitation to go to a mass vaccination centre as well as from my GP?

    Please avoid travelling as much as possible and go to your local GP, even if you have already accepted an appointment at a mass vaccination centre. Please cancel that one and go to your GP appointment.

    During national lockdowns, will vaccines still be provided and should I still attend my appointment?

    Yes. Getting the Covid-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, is an important medical appointment and vaccinations will continue as normal. If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it. The place that you choose to have your vaccine will keep you safe from Covid-19 through a range of measures including cleaning and disinfecting and having social distancing in waiting areas. Please also wear a face covering to your appointment. You should also take the usual steps to minimise your risk as you travel to your appointment.

    Should people who have already had Covid-19 get vaccinated?

    Yes, you should get vaccinated if you are offered the Covid-19 vaccines by the NHS. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 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 Covid-19 vaccine but it is recommended that there should be a gap of a week. 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. For more information, see Get your free flu jab.

    Can I get the Covid-19 vaccine privately? 

    No. Covid-19 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. Ramadam, fasting and the vaccine 

    Ramadam, fasting and the vaccine 

    The British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) have consulted a wide range of Islamic scholars and the opinion of the vast majority is that receiving the vaccine does not invalidate your fast. Please consult your local Imam or scholar for further details, or visit the British Islamic Medical Association Covid-19 vaccine hub.

    Many of the usual practices normally observed during Ramadan such as going to the mosque for iftar and visiting friends and family indoors will sadly still not be possible this year. Please follow the #SafeRamadan 2021 Guidance from the Muslim Council of Britain.

    How are housebound residents being vaccinated?

    NHS GP hubs, in partnership with NHS community trusts, are going out to the homes of clinically vulnerable and older residents who are unable to attend a GP hub for their covid vaccine.

    A housebound resident is one who has the majority of their care delivered in their home. However, many are able to travel with support and where that is possible, vaccinations are being given at GP vaccination hubs.

    For those unable to leave home, NHS staff will be taking the vaccine to them in a cool box. Only one person will enter the house and they will stay no longer than necessary. Residents will be asked in advance to open windows and keep other members of the household at a suitable distance.

  • How safe and effective are the vaccines?

    How safe are the Covid-19 vaccines?

    Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection, and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.

    Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The UK has some of the highest safety standards in the world.

    Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

    To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:

    Does the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine cause blood clots?

    Please see:

    How is the Covid-19 vaccine given?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It's given as 2 doses. 

    Depending on which eligibility group you are in, you will be offered the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.

    How effective is the Covid-19 vaccine?

    The 1st dose of the Covid-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

    There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

    This means it is important to:

    • continue to follow social distancing guidance
    • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people
       

    The Covid-19 vaccine will reduce the chance of you suffering from Covid-19 disease. 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 Covid-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be less severe.

    Will the vaccines work with the new strains?

    There is no evidence currently that the new strains will be resistant to the vaccines we have, so we are continuing to vaccinate people as normal. Scientists are looking now in detail at the characteristics of the virus in relation to the vaccines. Viruses, such as the winter flu virus, often branch into different strains but these small variations rarely render vaccines ineffective.  

    Covid-19 vaccine side effects

    How common are serious side effects after vaccination? - YouTube

    Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

    • a sore arm where the needle went in
    • feeling tired
    • a headache
    • feeling achy.
       

    You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to. If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

    If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

    For more information about side effects of the vaccine see:

    Covid-19 vaccine ingredients

    The Covid-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

    What about the allergic reactions that have been reported?

    It’s very rare for anyone to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine (anaphylaxis). If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

    Can I catch Covid-19 from the vaccine?

    You cannot catch Covid-19 from the vaccine but it is possible to have caught Covid-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment. For more information on Covid-19 symptoms, visit the NHS website.

    Can I give Covid-19 to anyone, after I have had the vaccine?

    The vaccine cannot give you Covid-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So, it is important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you. To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:

    • practice social distancing
    • wear a face mask
    • wash your hands carefully and frequently
    • follow the current government guidance for your local area.
  • Covid-19 vaccines and fertility, pregnancy and breast feeding

    Women who are actively trying to get pregnant

    Does the vaccine affect fertility?

    No. There is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines affect fertility. 

    Although pregnant women were not included in the first round of trials, a number of them became pregnant unexpectedly. These pregnancies occurred equally across the vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups, which suggests that the vaccine did not prevent pregnancy. Those who became pregnant have been followed closely and are having normal pregnancies. 

    In the USA many people who were vaccinated in the general rollout have now become pregnant following vaccination. Almost 5,000 people have become pregnant after being vaccinated and are being tracked by V-safe. 

    I am not pregnant, but I would like to have children later. Should I get the vaccine?

    Yes. There is no evidence that the vaccine will reduce your chances of getting pregnant after receiving it and the UK government recommends that women who are trying to get pregnant should receive the vaccine if they are otherwise eligible.

    For people in your position, there is no reason not to get the vaccine if you are offered it.

    I’m currently going through IVF when is the best time to get the vaccine? 

    You may wish to consider the timing of having a Covid-19 vaccine during your fertility treatment, taking into account that some people may get side effects in the few days after vaccination that they do not want to have during treatment.

    These can include tenderness at the injection site, fever, headache, muscle ache or feeling tired.

    It may be sensible to separate the date of vaccination by a few days from some treatment procedures (for example, egg collection in IVF ), so that any symptoms, such as fever, might be attributed correctly to the vaccine or the treatment procedure. Your medical team will be able to advise you about the best time for your situation.

    Women who are pregnant

    I am pregnant. Should I get the vaccine if I am offered it?

    Yes. There are risks associated with catching Covid-19 while pregnant, particularly in the second half of pregnancy. 

    Pregnant Covid-19 patients are more likely to need intensive care than Covid-19 patients who are not pregnant. There is also evidence that preterm birth is more common in pregnant Covid-19 patients, and their babies are more likely to be admitted to a neonatal unit. 

    Because of the increased risk from Covid-19 during pregnancy, the UK government now advises that all pregnant women should be offered the vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population based on age and clinical risk. 

    When in pregnancy can I have the vaccine?

    The vaccine should work at whatever stage of pregnancy you are in. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that women do not need a pregnancy test before vaccination and that women planning a pregnancy do not need to delay pregnancy after vaccination.

    However, as Covid-19 has more serious complications in later pregnancy, some women may choose to delay their vaccine until after the first 12 weeks (which are most important for the baby’s development) and plan to have the first dose at any time from 13 weeks onwards.

    As pregnant women are more likely to be seriously unwell and have a higher risk of their baby being born prematurely if they develop Covid-19 in their third trimester (after 28 weeks), women may wish to have the vaccine before their third trimester.

    I have already had one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine prior to, or earlier in my pregnancy. I am now due my second dose. What should I do?

    If you have received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, and subsequently become pregnant, you should be given the opportunity to discuss with your obstetrician, midwife or GP, your decision on whether to have your second dose. 

    Current JCVI advice states: ‘To date, there are no reports of the extremely rare thrombosis/thrombocytopenia events following receipt of the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. All those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, irrespective of age. The second dose will be important for longer-lasting protection against Covid-19.’

    There are no reported concerns with the AstraZeneca vaccine in pregnancy, but there is less experience in pregnancy with this vaccine than with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which has led to the JCVI recommending a preference for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.

    Currently, you can choose whether to have the second dose of AstraZeneca in pregnancy (as typically given), or defer until after pregnancy - however a second dose is recommended to ensure maximum protection against Covid-19.

    If you are unsure about receiving the second dose of AstraZeneca, you should arrange to speak to an obstetrician, midwife or GP.

    Are vaccines normally used in pregnancy?

    Yes. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding are already routinely and safely offered vaccines in pregnancy, for example, to protect against influenza and whooping cough. Many of these vaccines also protect their babies from infection. These vaccines, like the Covid-19 vaccines, are non-live vaccines, which are generally considered safe in pregnancy. However, specific evidence regarding the safety of the Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy is not yet available.

    Women who are breast feeding

    I am breastfeeding. Should I get the vaccine if I am offered it?

    Yes. There is no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines whilst breastfeeding and no safety signals have appeared in breastfeeding people or their babies. The UK government advises that breastfeeding people should be offered the vaccine if they are otherwise eligible. 

    Although there is a lack of safety data for these specific vaccinations in breastfeeding, there is no plausible mechanism by which any vaccine ingredient could pass to your baby through breast milk. You should therefore not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

  • Having your second Covid-19 vaccine

    When will I have my second vaccine?

    A m​​​​​​inimum of 8 weeks is required between jabs.

    It is important that you have both doses of your vaccine to ensure you have the maximum level of protection from Coronavirus.

    If you booked your first appointment through your local GP, pharmacy or hospital hub, you may have been able to book your second appointment at the same time. If not, you will be contacted by text, by call or by letter closer to the 12-week deadline to make an appointment.

    If you booked your first vaccine through the online booking systems, you should have been able to book your appointment for your second vaccine as well. You can view and change the date of your second appointment through the NHS coronavirus vaccination booking page.

    Can I go to a different vaccination centre for my second dose?

    Yes. If you have booked both doses through the NHS booking system and want to re-book your second dose at a different centre, you can view and change the date of your second appointment through the NHS coronavirus vaccination booking management page.

    If you had your first dose through your GP surgery or hospital hub, you can let them know if there is a reason why you need to have your second dose somewhere else.

    There are pop up clinics and buses in various locations in the borough where you can walk-in to get your first or second jab.  

    For further advice see: Booking your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination appointments - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    What happens if more than the allotted time passes before I have my second vaccine?

    If for any reason you miss having your second vaccine, please make sure you book-in or walk-in to a vaccination facility and have it as soon as possible. 

Covid-19 information videos

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Further information

Testing

We have also established sites for mass testing, which continues to be a key part of the fight against the pandemic. Find out how to get a coronavirus test in H&F.