COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 16 and over

Everyone over 16 are eligible for the life-saving COVID-19 vaccination (you do not need to come with a parent/guardian) and we urge everyone living and working across north east London (and beyond) to get vaccinated. This will protect you from COVID-19 and reduce your risk of serious illness. Most people currently being cared for in our hospitals have not been fully vaccinated.

Book your first, second or booster vaccine on the National Booking System today! 

For more information on booking your vaccination, including how to get your NHS number or to find walk-in services click here.

If 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.

If you've had a positive Covid-19 test, you need to wait 4 weeks (28 days) before having the vaccination - this starts from the date you had the test.

First doses and second doses

Anyone aged 12 and over should have two doses of the vaccine, which you can book now through the National Booking Service. Second doses are really important to give you maximum protection from COVID-19 and are now being given 8 weeks after the first dose for those aged 18+ (it's 12 weeks for 12-17 year olds). Anyone who books through the National Booking Service will be offered their second dose appointment 56 to 84 days (8 to 12 weeks) after their first dose appointment. Second vaccinations are not being offered sooner than 8 weeks after the first. You can book from 24 hours after your first dose. This animation explains why they are so important.

Booster doses

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Boosters are available to:

To be eligible, all individuals must also have received two doses (3 if you are severely immunosuppressed) of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 91 days ago. You will be given Pfizer or Moderna regardless of what you received for your first two doses.

You you can book your vaccine using the national booking system, or by calling 119. Everyone over 16 can, where possible, book directly with, or walk into, a local vaccination centre - Full details of where and how you can do this are here.

The table below shows when you will become eligible for your booster following your second dose (3 months). You can book your appointment in advance after 2 months so you can have it as soon as it's been 3 months. 

Month of 2nd jab

March 2021 – August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

December 2021

Month in which you become eligible for booster

Everyone now eligible

Everyone now eligible

January 2022

February 2022



The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that, in addition to those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from coronavirus, all adults aged 40 to 49 years should be offered an mRNA booster.

Updated: 18/01/2022