Vaccinating

Greenwich Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Greenwich Health and the entire NHS in south east London is working hard to vaccinate those most at-risk from COVID-19.

 

We are supporting the following GP practices in Greenwich with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout:

Currently we are vaccinating the following priority groups:

People aged 18 and over:

If you are 18 years of age or older, you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are registered with a GP in Greenwich and are in Priority Groups 1- 9 or are 18 years or older and have not been invited for your vaccine, please call us immediately at 020 4542 8288.

Please do not contact your GP practice or our phone line if you do not met the above criteria.

The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

People aged 16 and 17:

You can get your 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 or 17.

The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to get the vaccine. You'll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

You cannot book your appointment online.

Find out how you'll be contacted for your COVID-19 vaccination

Received your 1st vaccine dose from the Greenwich Health clinic?

If you attended the Greenwich Health clinic for your first vaccine you will receive an invite for the second vaccine after 8 weeks.

There is no need to contact your practice.

 

Invites will typically be sent 1 week in advance of your second vaccine being due - please do not call prior to this.

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Explainer: Priority groups for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The order in which people will be offered a vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – see an explainer video here.

Click below to download the visual graphic listing the top 10 priority groups of Phase 1.

We are currently vaccinating Priority Group 1-7.

Visit NHS.UK for a definition of who is included in the clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) and clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) groups.

Learn More Below About The Vaccine & All Of The Latest Up-To-Date Information. 

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

This FAQ section contains our most frequently asked questions.

 

For a more detailed list of questions and answers, please visit our partners at the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccination?


The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccines to people most at risk from coronavirus. You can get vaccinated if: you’re aged 18 or over you’re at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable) you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable) you have a learning disability you’re a frontline health or social care worker you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you’re a carer You do not need to wait to be contacted to book an appointment. If you’re an eligible unpaid carer but you cannot book an appointment, speak to your GP surgery. If you’ve been invited to book because you’re turning 18 soon, please book your 1st dose vaccination on or after your 18th birthday.




How do I book my vaccination?


There are 2 main ways to get a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • book online now for appointments at a vaccination centre or a pharmacy
  • wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
The currently available vaccines are given in 2 doses. You usually have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose. If you book your appointments online, you can view, cancel or rebook them if you need to. If you cannot book online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to. There are lots of pop-up and walk-in vaccination clinics across South East London, with new clinics being added every day. You do not need an appointment to attend a walk-in vaccination clinic.




Will I be contacted when it is my turn to be vaccinated?


If you are registered with a GP you may receive a text from ‘NHSvaccine’ inviting you to book your vaccination appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy.The text will be sent to the phone number your GP surgery has listed for you. You may also get a letter a few days after. If you receive a text from ‘NHSvaccine’ inviting you to book and you’re not sure if it is genuine, you can wait to receive your letter. Texts from ‘NHSvaccine’ are separate to any invites you may get from local NHS services such as a GP surgery or hospital. If you’re invited to book a vaccination at a local NHS service, you’ll usually get a text or a phone call. You may sometimes get a letter. You can choose to book your vaccination appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service. More places are opening all the time. If you have received a letter or text but not booked an appointment You may get a follow-up phone call from the NHS Immunisation Management Service. This call will be from 0300 561 0240. They will see if you need any help or support with your booking. You may also get a text from ‘NHSvaccine’ reminding you to book a vaccination appointment. How do I know the text or letter I get isn’t a scam? The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS. The NHS will never ask for:

  • your bank account or card details
  • your pin or banking password
  • copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.




Is it too late for me to book my vaccination?


If you haven’t booked your first vaccination yet, you still can. The offer of the COVID-19 vaccination is evergreen. As well as being able to book an appointment at one of our many vaccination clinics online or by calling 119, you can visit one of our walk-in vaccination clinics across South East London. You do not need an appointment for these walk-in clinics.




Can I change my appointment?


If you already have appointments booked, you can:

  • view your appointments
  • cancel your appointments
  • book appointments again
We will ask you some questions first, so we can find your bookings. Important The NHS is contacting some people in high-risk groups directly to offer earlier appointments for their 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please wait to be contacted if you think you’re in this group.




What type of vaccine will I get?


The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK are:

  • Moderna vaccine
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • Janssen vaccine (available later this year)
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. For example, if you’re pregnant or under 40 you’ll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. 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.




How well do the COVID-19 vaccines work?


Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others. Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants
The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection. There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it’s important to continue to follow all social distancing guidance.




What about new strains of the virus?


All evidence shows that the Pfizer and Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against variant strains of the virus.

In May 2021 Public Health England concluded the vaccines are highly effective against the Delta strain identified in India in April 2021 after two doses, and are likely to prevent people becoming seriously ill and needing to be admitted to hospital.

Whilst the vaccines provide some level of protection against the Delta strain three weeks after the first dose, it is very important to make sure you get both doses of the vaccine to effectively protect yourself.
Information: Watch an NHS YouTube video explaining what’s in the COVID-19 vaccines and how they work




When should I get my second dose?


Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been brought forward for people over the age of 40 from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. This change is in response to the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, and has been made to ensure people have the strongest possible protection against the virus as early as possible. We are sending text messages to people who are already booked in for their second dose inviting them to rebook their appointment. You can also rearrange your appointmentthe National Booking Service – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination The National Booking Service has been updated so you can see available slots before cancelling your existing second appointment. Previously you had to cancel your existing appointment before being able to see availability. If you cannot use the NHS website, you can phone 119 free of charge. The line is open from 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week.




Are the vaccines safe? What are the side effects?


The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them. Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick
Millions of people have had a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and the safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored. Reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare. Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety Call 111 immediately if: You get any of these symptoms starting from around 4 days to 4 weeks after being vaccinated:
  • a severe headache that is not relieved with painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache that feels worse when you lie down or bend over
  • a headache that’s unusual for you along with blurred vision, feeling or being sick, problems speaking, weakness, drowsiness or seizures (fits)
  • a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal (tummy) pain