Your questions about the Covid-19 vaccine - Updated

The Covid-19 vaccination programme will soon be rolling out to healthy young people aged 12-15 years and a booster programme is planned for those who are most at risk from Covid-19.
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Updated 25 September 2021

For the latest information on the Covid-19 vaccine - click here to visit the NHS website.

For the latest COVID-19 information from the NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group click here.

Vaccinations for adults

Everyone aged over 18 years or within three months of their eighteenth birthday is now encouraged to get their Covid-19 vaccination

There are a number of different places you can get your vaccination -- from walk-in clinics to pre-booked appointments at some GP practices, pharmacies and other centres. 

You are eligible for two jabs and can get your second dose after at least 8 weeks have passed since your first dose. 

Our local NHS has already given more than a million doses of first and second vaccinations - see the latest statistics here.

Vaccinations for 16 and 17 year olds

All 16 and 17 year olds in our area are now being offered a single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. You can get your jab at any of the daily vaccination walk-in venues across our area.  A list of walk-in vaccine centres can be found using the following links:

You can also book your jab via the national booking system.

National Booking Service

You can also book an appointment via the National Booking Service:

by calling 119. You will book appointments for your first and second doses.You can also cancel appointments and rebook them.

You must be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

What vaccine will I get?

The Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are being offered to local people. 

All three vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection and have been given regulatory approval by the independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.

If you're under 40, you'll only be shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

If you're 40 or over, you'll be asked if you're pregnant. This is to make sure people who are pregnant are only shown appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

Vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 years who are at high risk from Covid-19 or who live with an immunosuppressed person

Children aged 12 to 15 years who have a condition that means they are at high risk of Covid-19 are being offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

The vaccine will also be offered to 12 to 15 year old children who live with an immunosuppressed person.

Children in these two groups will be offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. 

You will be contacted directly by your GP to arrange your child's vaccination. Please get in touch with your GP if you have not received your child's invitation yet. 

For more information visit the local NHS website

Third vaccine dose for those most at risk from Covid-19

A third Covid-19 vaccination is to be offered to anyone aged over 12 whose immune system is severely weakened. 

This will give a top-up and extra protection to those most clinically vulnerable - including people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and to organ or stem cell transplant patients.

This is because their immune systems have not been able to respond fully to the first and second vaccinations. This is in addition to the booster jab.

Read the local guidance about the third vaccine

Tell us about your Covid vaccination experience

We are working closely with the local NHS as they roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme in London Borough of Bexley, helping them make sure they get their messages for local people right. 

Please tell us about your experience of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. We will be sharing your feedback with the local NHS to help them deliver the vaccine and protect  people.  

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Vaccinations for healthy children aged 12 to 15 years

The Government has announced that healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 will now be eligible to have their vaccine.

The vaccination will be given to your child through a schools-based vaccination programme which NHS England are managing directly with schools.

 Alternative provision will be arranged for children who are home schooled, in secure services or in specialist mental health settings.

Find out more

Read the latest advice on vaccinating children issued on 4 August 21JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Covid-19 booster vaccinations

Millions of people most vulnerable to coronavirus will be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine from September to make sure the protection from their first and second dose is maintained.

This includes everyone aged 50+ and those who are clinically vulnerable. 

The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

Find out more

Flu vaccination programme for winter 2021

The UK is to roll out biggest flu programme in history for winter 2021, including offering a flu vaccination to all primary and secondary school students up to Year 11.

Find out more

NHS Covid Pass

The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.

It allows you to show others the details of your Covid-19 vaccine (or vaccines) when travelling abroad to some countries or territories.

Or to demonstrate your Covid-19 status as a condition of entry to some venues or events in England. 

You can download a digital copy or request a status letter. 

Read more 

Is the Covid vaccine safe?

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. Vaccines will only be used if they are approved by the MHRA. 

So far, thousands of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions and blood clots, have been very rare..

Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after the Oxford/AstraZenica vaccination. This is being looked at carefully by the MHRA but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

The JCVI have looked at the balance of benefits and risks. They advise the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks for people aged 40+ and those who have underlying health conditions.

And that adults under 40 years without underlying health conditions should be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine - where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated.

Prof Anthony Harnden, GP & Deputy Chair of the JCVI, explains the new advice.

"The risk of blood clots with low platelets from the AstraZeneca vaccine is extremely low. If you've already received one dose of the AZ vaccine and are offered your second dose, you should accept it.”

Read more here

Reporting serious side effects

Like all medicines, Covid-19 vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short- term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.

Very common side effects include: 

  • a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

Feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, but a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have Covid-19 or another infection. 

You can report suspected side effects to the MHRA via their via the official yellow card reporting scheme. 

Report side effects

Protect yourself from fraud

In England, the COVID-19 vaccines will only be available via the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine.

Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving license, bills or pay slips.  

Find out more and report fraud

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