About the COVID-19 vaccine

How to get vaccinated if you are aged 12 to 15

Young people aged 12 to 15 are now receiving their COVID-19 jab thanks to our new in-school vaccination programme. 

Safe, convenient and administered by Oxleas Young Greenwich school nurses, and supported by Charlton Athletic Community Trust, we are rolling out the vaccination programme to schools across Royal Greenwich, offering jabs to all young people who are eligible and have the necessary parental consent. 

The vaccine is the most effective way of ensuring we can keep students in the classroom, so they can continue to learn effectively and socialise with their friends safely. Read more

If you are aged 16 and over

Everyone aged 16 and over can now get their COVID-19 vaccination.

People will usually receive their second dose at the same location as they receive their first dose, and there are many ways that you can get vaccinated - the details of which may vary according to the vaccination cohort/group you are in:

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.

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

The first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from three or four weeks after you've had it. But you need to have the two doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection. Currently, 16-17 year olds will receive a single vaccination shot which will still give good 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.

People who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

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?

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.

More information


A free and confidential helpline for any south east London resident with questions about the vaccine - book online at modality.simplybook.it/v2