About the COVID-19 vaccine
How to get vaccinated
In Royal Greenwich it is easy to get vaccinated. No appointments or phone calls needed – head to one of our walk-in centres to get a fuss-free jab.
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 18 and over, and some people aged 16 and over, who have had 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 months ago. You can also get your vaccination or booster by:
- calling 119 or visiting the online NHS booking service
- via your GP who will contact you direct
- at one of our local walk-in or pop-up vaccination clinics: selondonccg.nhs.uk/popupclinics
- at one of our Vaccination at The Valley events: royalgreenwich.gov.uk/vaccinationatthevalley
If the mass vaccination site is too far away, please wait for your GP to contact you to secure a location closer to home.
If you are on the GP learning disability register or clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) from COVID-19 please wait to be contacted by the NHS. See the full list of priority groups here and guidance on the high and moderate risk categories here.
It is never too late to come forward and get your first or second jab if you have not done so already - it will give you protection against the rapid spread of Omicron.
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
This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.
12-15 year olds
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. At present 2 doses are being offered to children aged 12 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19.
Children can get a 1st dose of the vaccine from the day they turn 12. Most children can get a 2nd dose from 12 weeks after they had their 1st dose.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19, they need to wait 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are pregnant
The latest statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) says there have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of COVID-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancy. However, it’s preferable for pregnant women to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available.
How to protect one another
Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine gives you good protection from the virus, but a third booster jab ensurs you have the best level of protection.
No vaccine is 100% effective so you may still get or spread the virus. That’s why it is critical that we follow the guidelines including regular handwashing, social distancing, wearing a face covering and letting fresh air in where recommended.
New evidence continues to show the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in protecting against death and hospitalisation from coronavirus. Analysis from Public Health England reveals that both AstraZeneca and Pfizer gives 80% protection on first dose which rises still further after the second dose.
The latest national COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report estimates the programme has prevented about 22 million infections and 60,000 deaths so far in England.
Please get vaccinated so we can get back to doing the things we love, protect our loved ones and Royal Greenwich.
Hesitant about getting your vaccine?
A free and confidential helpline is available for any south east London resident with questions about the vaccine. Book online or call 07828 499 044 to arrange a friendly conversation with a healthcare professional.
We know for some people getting vaccinated can be a daunting experience and we’re working with communities across the borough to help address some of the misinformation. Find out more about vaccine facts.
- A free and confidential helpline for any south east London resident with questions about the vaccine - book online at modality.simplybook.it/v2