Covid-19 vaccinations

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Waltham Forest Covid-19 vaccine rollout

We are continuously supporting our health partners with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine and increasing take up of the vaccine will remain a priority for Waltham Forest.

Everyone over the age of 16 can now get their Covid-19 vaccination by either booking on the NHS website or calling 119, or by booking into one of our community clinics directly online.

For more information on our pop up clinics around the borough please follow us on twitter or facebook or head to our Linktree page

Getting the vaccine reduces tour risk of infection by 80%. Don’t risk it, grab yours today.

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The Government has announced  that all people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. We are now working with NHS partners and schools across north east London on the best way to deliver these vaccinations.

Download our handy document to explain to your child about the Covid-19 vaccine (attachment 12-15s pdf)
Download our Frequently Asked Questions document (attachment 12-15s faqs pdf)
Download our process document (attachment 12-15s the process pdf)

For more information, please visit the North East London Clinical Commissioning Group website.

Phase 3 boosters Click to get info

Booster jabs are now being offered to vulnerable adults to make sure they have a high level of protection as we head into winter, as research suggests the protection provided by vaccines decreases gradually over time. Boosters will offered to:

  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers, and adult carers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19
  • adults who live with immunosuppressed people.

To be eligible, individuals must also have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine at least six months ago. The Pfizer vaccine will be given in the booster programme, regardless of which vaccine someone received for their first two doses. 

You can also book your booster at one of our community vaccine clinics, by visiting this website.

Booster jabs need to be booked and if you are eligible you can go ahead and book your booster now at participating sites on the National Booking Service. People will also be contacted by the NHS or your GP directly and invited to book. 

A range of health professionals answer residents' questions on the vaccine:

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.
 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19. The NHS website lists who is currently being offered the vaccines.

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

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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

You can read more on the Carers FIRST website, or get more information from the local Carers FIRST team here in Waltham Forest

Watch our Staff Q&A on the Covid-19 vaccine, fertility and pregnancy

For more information, please visit the North East London NHS website