Watch a Covid-19 webinar on testing, vaccines, and more Click to get info
On 3 March we hosted a covid-19 webinar on Facebook live with latest information on local data, testing, vaccines and more.
Hosted by Clare Coghill (Leader of the Council), Dr Ken Aswani (Local GP and Chair of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group), and Joe McDonnell (Director of Public Health), you can watch the event here:
Vaccine process Click to get info
How will I be contacted to get my vaccine?
You will be contacted by the NHS or your GP via letter, text or by phone call.
What should I do if I’m over 70 and have not been contacted yet?
Please contact your GP directly about your vaccine, but only if you are over 70.
I’m not currently registered with a GP, will this stop me getting vaccinated?
No. If you are not registered with a GP, and are within one of the priority groups currently being given the vaccine you will still be able to be vaccinated. Please contact your local GP surgery with your date of birth and NHS number.
Are the vaccine sites Covid-19 secure? And are these checked regularly to make sure they are safe?
Yes. All vaccination centres must go through a quality assurance process with the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), which is set nationally. Vaccine sites are given a thorough inspection, including their procedures and their facility. These facilities are checked regularly by the CCG and their partners to ensure they continually improve.
When I am offered the vaccine, can I choose where I can book my appointment?
When you are contacted to book your vaccine, you will be given the option of where you can attend to receive the vaccine.
I’m worried that I won’t receive the second dose of the vaccine. What are you doing to make sure we get it?
Everyone will receive their second dose of the vaccine and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. The first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is effective, and provides a good level of protection against the virus.
Priority Groups Click to get info
The local CCG are now (1 March 2021) vaccinating people in priority groups 1 to 7.
If you are:
- aged 70 or above or clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) and have not had your first vaccination and haven't been booked in yet, please contact your GP
- a resident or work in a care home for older adults and haven't had your first vaccine and aren't booked in for one, please contact your manager
- a frontline health and social care worker, please book on the national booking system or contact your manager or book using the staff booking system applicable to your organisation
- aged 65-69 please book onto the national booking system for a list of sites, wait to get a letter from the NHS or you will be contacted by your GP.
- aged 16-64 and clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) or you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or if you are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, please wait for your GP or council to contact you
- aged 60-63 years please book onto the national booking system for a list of sites, wait to get a letter from the NHS or you will be contacted by your GP.
Housebound and Care Homes Click to get info
I have an elderly parent who is housebound. When will they get their jab?
The NHS is currently contacting all residents who are housebound to administer the vaccine to them safely within their homes. If you are over 80 and still have not heard from your GP, please contact them directly to discuss.
Vaccine concerns Click to get info
I have a medical condition and/or allergy and am worried about having the vaccine. What should I do?
If you have any concerns regarding your health conditions and whether you can receive the vaccine, please get in touch with your GP who will be able to advise you.
Are there any long term effects from having the Covid-19 vaccine?
The vaccine has been through a high-level testing process. Short term side effects are minor - you may experience aches and pains or minor flu symptoms. Any short-term side effects should be gone within 1 - 2 days.
Is the AstraZeneca vaccine linked to increased blood clots?
On 7 April 2021, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the UK Government on immunisation, released a statement on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which you can read in full: JCVI statement on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: 7 April 2021
JCVI has weighed the relative balance of benefits and risks and advise that the benefits of prompt vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of adverse events for individuals 30 years of age and over and those who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease.
To date, there are no reports of the extremely rare thrombosis/thrombocytopenia events following receipt of the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. All those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age.
Vaccine case studies Click to get info
Walthamstow Library vaccine centre
Dr Ashraf speaks about Ramadan and the Covid-19 vaccine
Unpaid carers and the vaccine Click to get info
Are you an unpaid carer?
It’s really important for all carers, whether paid or not get their Covid-19 vaccine to help protect the vulnerable people in their lives. Unpaid carers who are over 18 and over can now get the vaccine, if they are:
- Registered with their GP as a carer
- Eligible for carer's allowance
- Receiving support from Waltham Forest Council or a carer's organisation
- Caring for someone clinically vulnerable to Covid-19