Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine
People aged 18 and over (or turning 18 within 3 months) can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. You usually have the second dose 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.
Most children and young people aged 12 to 17 are currently only being offered a 1st dose.
Some children aged 12 to 15, who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it, will are being offered two doses of the vaccine as well.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine
If you are over 16, you do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
If you were contacted but have not booked your appointments, you’re still eligible and can book your appointments anytime.
To get your vaccine you can:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment. There are also links to walk-in vaccination services in London further down this page.
- To use a walk-in vaccination service, you do not need to be registered with a GP, and you do not need proof of address to get the first or second dose of your vaccine.
If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
Which vaccine will I be given?
- AstraZeneca is usually offered to people who are over 40.
- Pfizer or Moderna are usually offered to people who are under 40, are pregnant, or have certain medical conditions.
When can I get my second dose?
- Everyone over the age of 18 needs two doses of the vaccine. Second doses will be given no sooner than 8 weeks after your first dose. This is to give you maximum protection against COVID-19. All vaccination centres are expected to follow this guidance and cannot provide second doses earlier, except where there are clinical reasons. At the moment, 16-17 year olds are being offered one dose of the vaccine.
I’m 16 or 17 years old, how do I get my vaccine?
- The NHS is vaccinating people who are 16 and 17 with a single dose of the jab at GP and walk-in sites. Please check your local area’s webpage below for details of the sites offering the vaccine to 16 and 17 year olds, or wait to be contacted by your GP.
Can I get the COVID-19 booster vaccine?
- A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose 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.
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.
- people aged 50 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- carers aged 16 and over
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
If you’re not sure if you have a health condition that puts you at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.
Information about walk-in vaccination services in London boroughs:
North Central London
A full list of walk-in vaccination services in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington can be found here: Walk-in vaccination clinics – North Central London CCG
North East London
A full list of walk-in vaccination services in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, City and Hackney, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering can be found here: Where to get vaccinated in north east London | North East London Health & Care Partnership (eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk)
North West London
A full list of walk-in vaccination services in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster can be found here: Vaccine Centres :: North West London Clinical Commissioning Groups (nwlondonccg.nhs.uk)
South West London
A full list and map of walk-in vaccination services in Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth can be found here: Walk-in and pop up vaccination clinics – South West London CCG (swlondonccg.nhs.uk)
South East London
A full list of walk-in vaccination services in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark can be found here: COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In clinics – NHS South East London CCG (selondonccg.nhs.uk)