The vaccination programme in north east London
Flu and Covid-19 can be life-threatening and spread more easily in winter when we are crowded together inside.
Most adults and children can get a free flu vaccine, Covid-19 booster or both. The best way to protect ourselves from these viruses is to get vaccinated.
Don’t delay – book your winter vaccinations online today, or speak to your GP or a pharmacist.
Getting a first or second dose for Covid-19
If you still haven’t had your first or second dose for Covid-19, it’s not too late to protect yourself.
Do you have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine?
We’ve got the answers. From how safe is it, to will I get side effects, or why should I get it if I’m low risk? Simply click here.
- All children aged 5-11 can book a first (or second dose after 8 weeks) of vaccine using the national booking system, calling 119, or where possible, book directly with, or walk into, a local vaccination centre - Full details of where and how you can do this are here. Parents will be written to explain vaccination for 5-11 year olds.
Testing for COVID-19
For the latest information on getting tested for COVID-19 click here.
Links to trusted information from national and official resources
The GOV.UK website hosts a range of information materials including:
- patient information leaflets for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, a guide for older adults and what to expect after vaccination
- guidance for the vaccination programme
- consent forms that we will be using
- details about the priority groups from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The NHS.UK website provides information on who can get the vaccine, safety and effectiveness and side effects.
Detailed information about the vaccines along with conditions of authorisation, detailed patient information and confirmation on the ingredients is available using the following links. This also includes detailed ingredients (excipients) lists and clearly set out that the vaccines do not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products or material of foetal or animal origin.
- Information on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can be found here
- Information on the AstraZeneca vaccine can be found here
- Information on the Moderna vaccine can be found here.
British Islamic Medical Association on the Covid-19 vaccine
A statement from the British Islamic Medical Association on their recommendations on the Covid-19 vaccine for the British Muslim community.
The NHS have recently published a general film on vaccinations for people with a learning disability and autistic people. The film was produced following feedback from stakeholders about confusion over vaccines amongst people with a learning disability and autistic people. The format of the film is national adviser Katie Matthews asking national clinical director Dr Roger Banks a series of questions about vaccinations. Five shorter social media clips are also available to download and use here.
Please visit this page to download easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination.
Beware of scams
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points:
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free .
- The NHS will never ask for payment or bank details to confirm or book your vaccine.
- Right now we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is probably committing a crime.
You can help
As your local NHS works hard to deliver the vaccination programme for north east London please remember that you have an important part to play:
- please attend your booked appointments;
- follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
It is really important that you make sure you stay safe and follow guidance on washing hands, covering your face and keeping your distance from other people. Your NHS services are really stretched at the moment, we need to you to protect yourself, your family, friends and others, and your NHS.