About the COVID-19 vaccine

Everyone aged 16 and over, and those aged 12-15 with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19 or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, can now get their COVID-19 vaccination.

How to get the vaccine and where

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Please get vaccinated so we can get back to doing the things we love, protect our loved ones and Royal Greenwich.