Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine
People aged 16 and over 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 15 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, 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 yet booked your appointments, you are still eligible and should book your appointments as soon as you can.
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 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.
Most children aged 12-15 can:
- get their vaccine at school
- book their vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- check if there is a walk-in vaccination site near them to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
Which vaccine will I be given?
You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.
Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines.
- if you’re pregnant or under 40 you’ll usually be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines
- if you’re under 18, you’ll only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.
When can I get my second dose?
People aged 16 or over are eligible for a 2nd dose.
People aged 18 or over should have their 2nd dose from 8 weeks after their 1st dose.
Most people aged 16 or 17 should have their 2nd dose from 12 weeks after their 1st dose.
- If you book online, you’ll be asked to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to.
- If you had your 1st dose at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your 2nd COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. You’ll need to wait 24 hours after your 1st dose before you can book.
- If you have your 1st dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your 2nd dose.
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.
You can get a booster dose if you had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago and:
- you are aged 18 or over
- you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- you are a frontline health or social care worker
- you live or work in a care home
- you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (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 1 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)