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.

Where can I book an appointment?

If you are aged 18 or over you can book your Covid vaccination appointment without needing an invitation. If you've been invited to book because you're turning 18 soon, please book a date for your first dose vaccination that is on or after your 18th birthday.

Book your vaccination at any centre

Large vaccination centres in NW London

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

First or second doses are available but you must leave a minimum of eight weeks between jabs.

Where can I get my vaccination without booking?

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

Pop-up vaccination clinics and bus

No booking needed, just walk-in.
Minimum of 8 weeks required between jabs unless you have a letter from your doctor explaining you can get have second jab less than 8 weeks apart.

Walk-in vaccinations at your local pharmacy

  • Hamlins Pharmacy, Unit 2 Cranford Court, Bloemfontein Road, London W12 7DA (next to Park View Centre)
    Walk-ins from Thurs to Sat, 9am to 3.30pm.
    Astra Zeneca and Pfizer only.
     
  • Kanari Pharmacy, 682-684 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5SA
    Walk-ins, but may need to queue. 
    Moderna only.
     
  • Marcus Jones Pharmacy, 96 Old Oak Common Lane, Acton, London, W3 7DA
    Walk-ins.
    Pfizer only

Free transport for over 50s to vaccination appointment

Age UK are offering free taxi transport for over 50s to vaccination appointments. Please contact Amy Shallon at ashallon@aukc.org.uk for more information.

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 vaccinations for children aged 16-17 years in clinical risk groups

    Letter from Dr Nicola Lang, Director of Public Health, Hammersmith & Fulham Council

    Dear H&F parents and carers,

    Covid vaccination for children aged 16-17 years in clinical risk groups

    Please note that:

    1. Children aged 16 to 17 years can be vaccinated, if they fall within particular at risk groups

    JCVI advised in December that: ‘The committee’s advice is to offer vaccination to those aged 65 years and over followed by those in clinical risk groups aged 16 years and over. The main risk groups identified by the committee are set out below:

    • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
    • chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease
    • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
    • Down’s syndrome
    • severe and profound learning disability
    • diabetes
    • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
    • people with specific cancers
    • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
    • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
    • morbid obesity
    • severe mental illness’

    Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    The Novotel will continue to vaccinate these children-you can book on the national website or via the H&F CAN team, who can also book a free taxi H&F CAN, call 0800 145 6095.

    1.  Children within three months of their 18th birthday JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
       
    2. Guidance on children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying conditions will follow from the NHS, as they are now also eligible JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

    Yours sincerely

    Dr Nicola Lang MA MBBS MSc FFPH

    Director of Public Health

  • Questions about getting your vaccine in H&F

    Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine?

    The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. See who can get the vaccine.

    The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have the vaccine. Letters are being sent out every week – you might not get your letter straight away. You need to be registered with your local NHS GP to get invited for a vaccine jab. Find out about registering with a GP.

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

    Demand for vaccinations is high and it is much better to book a vaccine slot to be sure of getting your vaccination. There are limited walk-in slots available and these are dependent on vaccine availability. If no slots are available or supplies have run out you will be asked to return at a later date. There is no walk-in service on Tuesdays.

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

    The vaccination centre at Novotel are accepting walk-ins who are eligible. This includes:

    • People aged 18 and over
    • Those at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
    • People who live or work in a care home
    • Health or social care workers
    • People with a learning disability
    • People who recieve carer’s allowance or are a carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
       

    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.

    What if I don’t live close to one of the large vaccination centres?

    The national booking service also handles booking for pharmacy-led vaccination services, of which there are around 200 across the country. Only a small number of people don’t live within travelling distance of at least one of these services.

    Alternatively, you can also choose to wait to be contacted by your local GP services. If they haven’t been in contact already, this will be soon.  

    Does the NHS have the capacity and supplies available if lots of people now book?

    The vast majority of people in these groups have already either had their first dose or are booked in to be vaccinated shortly. The NHS is confident that the supplies and booking slots are available to accommodate the expected number of people who may now come forward.

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

    If you are aged 18 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.

    Will this approach also apply to the next priority groups when it is their turn to be vaccinated?

    No. For the moment this only applies to people aged 18 and over and those who are at high risk from coronavirus.

    When the time comes to start vaccinating other priority groups, this will be by invitation only so that we can manage the supplies of vaccines available in the fairest possible way.

    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.

    A letter came to my home but it was for someone else. Can I still use it to book an appointment?

    No. Unless you are aged 18 or over or were on the shielded patients list you will not be able to book an appointment.

    If you receive a letter for someone who does not live at your address anymore, please return to sender in the usual way so that our records can be updated.

  • General questions about 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 safe are the Covid-19 vaccines?

    Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca 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:

    GOV.UK: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA

    GOV.UK: Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA

    GOV.UK: Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA

    Does the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine cause blood clots?

    Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

    Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people who have had the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine. 

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization have all reiterated that the benefits of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the prevention of COVID-19 far outweigh any possible risk of blood clots amongst those groups currently eligible to receive their first vaccination, as well as all of those due their 2nd dose.

    COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting - GOV.UK

    MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK

    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 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.

    Information for UK recipients on COVID 19 Vaccine AstraZeneca - GOV.UK

    Patient Information Leaflet for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna - GOV.UK

    Information for UK recipients on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine - GOV.UK

    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.

    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 strain?

    There is no evidence currently that the new strain 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

    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.

    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.

    For more information about side effects of the vaccine see Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS

    Covid-19 vaccine ingredients

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

    Who should have the Covid-19 vaccine?

    The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people over 18, frontline health and social care workers, care home residents and staff, and those with certain clinical conditions who are more at risk. When more vaccine becomes available, the vaccines will be offered to other people at risk as soon as possible.

    Advice if you're of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

    There's no evidence the Covid-19 vaccine is unsafe if you're pregnant. But more evidence is needed before you can routinely be offered it.

    The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you're pregnant and:

    • at high risk of getting coronavirus because of where you work
    • have a health condition that means you're at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus


    You can have the Covid-19 vaccine if you're breastfeeding.

    Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks with you.

    You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby Covid-19.

    Read the latest Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives statement on the Covid-19 vaccine and fertility

    How do I get the Covid-19 vaccination?

    The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

    If you are in the targetted age group you can book an appointment on the NHS website. Novotel West London vaccination centre is open to walk-ins. Find out about walk-in availability.

    During national lockdown, 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. 

    What about the allergic reactions that have been reported?

    The Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective for the vast majority of people – they have been tested on tens of thousands of people and assessed by experts. Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to a previous vaccine. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in 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.
       

    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.

  • Having your second Covid-19 vaccine

    When will I have my second vaccine?

    A m​​​​​​inimum of 8 weeks is required between jabs unless you have a letter from your doctor explaining you can get have second jab less than 8 weeks apart.

    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

Covid-19 vaccination easy-read guides

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.