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Covid-19 vaccinations

First, second or booster dose of the vaccine for everyone aged 5 years or older.

It’s important to protect yourself and others by getting the Covid-19 vaccine, especially if you haven’t had your first dose yet. 

We are helping NHS deliver Covid-19 vaccinations as quickly as possible. To do this we encourage everyone aged 12 and over to get their first, second or booster at any of our local vaccine clinics or pharmacies

You can also book online on the National Booking System or call 119 to make an appointment at a national site near you.

To learn more about the vaccine, including who can get the vaccine, visit the NHS website for up to date information.

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Covid vaccine eligibility

Covid-19 booster

A booster helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from Covid-19.

A booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had two doses of the vaccine at least three months ago.

Spring booster 

Spring boosters are now available for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system. If you're eligible, you will either receive an invitation to book an appointment or can book for yourself or someone else if you have their consent through the National Booking System either online or by calling NHS 119. 

You can also attend the local vaccination clinics and community pharmacies during the week or weekends.

You can find the latest advice on booster vaccines on the NHS website.

Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to15 year olds

Young people in this age bracket can get their Covid-19 vaccine through their school clinic. They can also get their vaccine at community walk-in clinics or, to book your child's vaccine out of school, please visit the NHS website. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or carer to give their consent.

Resources for children and parents:

We know parents/carers, teachers and children will have questions about why the NHS is vaccinating this age group and how it’s safe. See some resources below, if you don’t find the information you need, please email staysafe@walthamforest.gov.uk

Download our handy document to explain to your child about the Covid-19 vaccine (PDF)
Download our Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF)
Download our process document (PDF)

To download translated materials and find out more helpful resources, visit our local NHS website.

Covid-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds

The NHS is offering Covid-19 vaccines to all children aged 5 to 11 years.

If your child is 5 to 11, you can get them vaccinated at the following locations.

  • Leyton Cricket Club, E10: Thursdays, 3pm to 6pm
  • Wood Street Health Centre, E17: Saturdays, 9am to 1pm

More clinics within the borough will be available soon. You can also book a vaccination for your child aged 5 to 11 year old in other boroughs in North East London.

Vaccination is particularly important for children who have health conditions that put them at high risk from Covid-19, as the benefits are greater.

5 to 11 year olds who are in a clinical risk group, and those living with people who have a weakened immune system (immunosuppressed), are eligible for the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child should get the vaccine and can book an appointment for their child at various locations:

  • At the local GP led vaccination clinic at Wood Street Health Centre, 6 Linford Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 3LA.  This site is currently delivering Saturday clinics between 9am to 1pm and allows walk-ins.
  • By arranging an appointment at Barts Health NHS Trust for your child to have their Covid-19 vaccinations - contact 07526971977 or 07874894649, Monday to Friday between 9am to 4pm or email bartshealth.excel-2nd-vaccinations@nhs.net.  The team will then arrange an appointment for you at our clinics either at Royal London Hospital, E1 1FR or Whipps Cross Hospital, E1 1NR
  • At Westfield Vaccination Centre (Montfichet Road, Stratford, E20 1EJ)
  • Or book online for other vaccination clinics

Resources for parents:

A guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years

What to expect after your child's Covid-19 vaccination

A guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 at high risk

The Waltham Forest Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Service has now ended, please contact your GP for information regarding the Covid-19 vaccinations or visit the NHS website. 

Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy and fertility

Covid-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of Covid-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby.

You can visit any of our community walk-in clinics to get your first, second or booster dose.

In the UK, all adults including pregnant women are urged to book a Covid-19 booster vaccine (third dose) three months after their second dose.

More information:

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination

Covid-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding FAQs

Latest data reinforces the safety of Covid-19 vaccinations in pregnant women

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

Covid-19 videos

A range of health professionals answer residents' questions on the vaccine in a webinar on September 2021

We talk to residents who have had their first Covid-19 vaccination at Walthamstow Library

Saira shares her thoughts on the Covid-19 vaccine

Charlie speaks to us about her intention to accept the vaccine when it's offered and why she thinks you should too

We chatted to Yusuf Hansa, the Chairman of Noor Ul Islam about his Covid-19 and vaccine journey