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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 eligible 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.

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.

Autumn booster 

People aged 50 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, those aged 5 years and over in a clinical risk group and health and social care staff will be offered a booster of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine this autumn.

Appointments will be available from the National Booking Service shortly.

You can find the latest advice on booster vaccines on the NHS website or view a guide to the Covid-19 autumn booster.

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.

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 available 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