About the COVID-19 vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and it gives you the best protection against the virus.
Who will get the vaccine and when
Everyone aged over 18 who is registered with a GP surgery will be invited to take up the vaccine, which is free and only available through the NHS. People who are most at risk from serious illness or death from COVID-19 are being offered the vaccination first, as well as healthcare, social care and care home workers.
How to get the vaccine and where
When it’s your turn, you will be contacted by your GP practice or NHS England via letter, phone call or text. Please wait to be contacted – do not contact your practice to ask for the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are aged 60 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, a carer (you get a Carer’s Allowance*) or clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) and haven’t yet been invited for your first COVID-19 vaccine, you can book it online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free without needing an invitation.
If you are on the 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.
The vaccine is being offered across the borough at GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies, and mass vaccination sites. If the mass vaccination site is too far away, please wait for your GP to contact you to secure a location closer to home.
*Carers not receiving Carer’s Allowance should ensure they register with their GP as a carer to be invited for the vaccine or get advice from their local carers association such as Greenwich Carers Centre.
How to protect one another
The first dose of the vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus (COVID-19). However, you need two doses of the vaccine to provide long-lasting immunity.
People will usually receive their second dose COVID-19 vaccination at the same location as they receive their first dose. There are currently two different booking systems in operation for different types of vaccination centres:
- If you booked your appointment by calling 119 or going online through the national booking service and attended an appointment at a mass vaccination centre (eg a local hospital or the ExCel centre), or a local pharmacy, second appointments are usually made when you book the first one.
- If you were contacted by local GP services and received your first dose at another site (including the vaccine bus) you will be contacted to arrange the second appointment. Please wait until you are called.
No vaccine is 100 % effective and you may still get or give the virus. That’s why it is critical to follow social distancing and observe: Hands. Face. Space.
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