The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and give you the best protection against coronavirus. Getting fully vaccinated is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against coronavirus.

Our FAQs provide you with the answers to our most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. You can also find information on www.nhsselvax.com.

You can find the latest information about eligibility and booking your vaccination at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

Where can I find the latest information about COVID-19 symptoms, testing and vaccination?

I've had coronavirus. Do I still need the vaccine?

Yes. If you have had COVID-19 then your body may have built up some natural immunity to the virus, however we don’t know how long this immunity lasts or if it fully protects you from catching COVID-19 again. It is likely that natural immunity won’t last as long as the immunity given to you by a vaccine. So, it is still very important to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you’ve had a positive Covid-19 test, you need to wait (from the day you tested positive) before getting any dose of the vaccine:

Can you catch COVID-19 by having the vaccine?

No. You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines but it is possible to have caught COVID-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment.

It is important to note that you still might be able to carry the virus and transmit it to others after having your vaccine so please continue to follow the latest social distancing guidelines.

Who can get the vaccine and when?

How can I get my COVID-19 vaccine?

What vaccination can 5-15 year olds get?

Who is eligible for a booster jab? What about seasonal boosters?

What are the vaccine ingredients? Does the vaccine include any parts from a foetus or animal?

No. There is no foetal or animal material, in any of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in the UK. The COVID-19 vaccine is 100% halal and does not contain any animal products. All ingredients are published in healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

What can I do if I'm scared of needles?

NHS vaccination teams are on hand to help nervous patients get their jabs, so make sure you let them know about any worries you have on arrival. Needle phobia affects at least 1 in 10 people and is nothing to be ashamed of. Luckily, simple exercises such as breathing techniques and practice can help to overcome it.

Find out more about dealing and overcoming needle phobia.

Is the NHS confident the vaccines are safe?

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

Any COVID-19 vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.  Millions of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects have been very rare.

Side effects and safety

Information about pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility

It’s strongly recommended that you get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Find more information on nhs.uk.

Can I speak to someone about the vaccine?

“Let’s talk about the vaccine” – call our free, confidential helpline 

Are you still unsure about the Covid vaccine? Why not call our Covid vaccination helpline?

The helpline offers a free, confidential call with a healthcare professional who can answer any questions you have about Covid vaccination for all age groups from 5 upwards. A local pharmacist will listen to any concerns you may have and answer your questions, giving you the latest information on the vaccine. This is not a vaccine booking service, but you can get support with booking a vaccination. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.

Book your free call back or call 07828 499044.

How can I support the COVID-19 vaccination programme in my community?

Share facts about the vaccine

If you share information about the vaccine, make sure it’s from trusted and verified sources, like NHS.UK or GOV.UK

Follow us on social media

Amplify our messages on social media, by following our social media channels.

Act as a Vaccine Ambassador

Encourage colleagues, friends and family to get vaccinated if they haven’t already.

Join the NHS as a volunteer

Google Search ‘NHS COVID-19 vaccination volunteer’ for more information on how you can support the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Latest news about COVID-19

Over 65s can now book autumn COVID booster

People aged 65 and over will be able to book their autumn COVID booster through the national booking system from today, meaning five million more people can now top up their protection ahead of winter.

12 Sep 2022
North Lewisham Primary Care Network – tackling health inequalities

North Lewisham Primary Care Network (PCN) comprises nine GP practices, serving a population of more than 80,000 people, with more than 52 per cent (41,600) from a non-white background.

22 Jun 2022
1 million south east Londoners boost their immunity against COVID-19

This week, in south east London we hit the amazing milestone of delivering a COVID-19 booster jab to our millionth resident.

11 Mar 2022
South East London Integrated Care System

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