Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Key information on COVID-19 vaccinations.

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About the NHS COVID-19 vaccine

Getting your COVID-19 vaccinations remains important to protect yourself and those around you, even if you've recently had COVID-19. You can have your next dose of COVID-19 vaccination 28 days from the date you had symptoms, or the date of your positive test (if you did not have any symptoms). Children are advised to wait 12 weeks.

First and second doses

Everyone aged 5 and over can get their first or second dose of the vaccination. First and second doses can be booked through the NHS website or by calling 119. You can also use walk-in clinics across the county without an appointment. The grab a jab link will tell you which vaccine each site offers, what age groups are eligible and opening times.

Those aged 18 years and over will be offered appointments from eight weeks (56 days) after their first dose. Those under 18 will be offered appointments from 12 weeks (84 days) after their first dose.‚Äč

Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds

Two doses are being offered to children aged 12 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19.

It is important that you give consent for your child to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Your child can book a vaccination appointment online or find a walk-in clinic.  

Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster dose if either:

  • they live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds

Parents will receive information about how to book an appointment for their child to be vaccinated. Appointments for eligible 5 - 11 year olds will be available to book online or by calling 119. Children will need to be taken to a local vaccination centre, a local pharmacy or a GP offering children's COVID-19 vaccination. 

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 to 15 year olds

Coronavirus booster vaccine

Everyone aged 16 and over and people aged 12 to 15 years old with a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19 can get a booster dose. You can pre-book your booster if it has been two months after your second jab (you cannot receive it until three months after your second jab).

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine. This means the booster dose may be different from the vaccines a person had for their first and second doses. Some people may be offered a booster dose of AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

We encourage the public to book without delay, there are plenty of appointments available across the borough. You can book through the NHS website or call 119. If you can't find a slot at a suitable clinic, keep checking back as appointments get updated regularly.

Spring booster jabs

Many of the oldest adults, and therefore most vulnerable, will have received their most recent vaccine dose in September or October 2021. These individuals are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and with the lapse of time, their immunity may reduce before autumn. Therefore, as a precautionary strategy for 2022, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises a spring dose, around 6 months after the last vaccine dose, should be offered to:

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in a care home for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed, as defined in the Green Book

All those who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS. You will not need a letter to book or attend an appointment.

Spring booster information and resources are available on GOV.UK

Vaccination sites in Hillingdon

There are a number of vaccination sites in Hillingdon, offering booked appointments, walk-in appointments, or both.

 View our list of vaccination sites in Hillingdon

Alternatively, the grab a jab link will tell you which vaccine each site offers, what age groups are eligible and opening times.

Update your NHS record with any vaccinations you've had abroad

Have you had one of these vaccinations outside of England?

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
  • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
  • Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)

You can book a registration appointment online to securely update your vaccination record with the NHS. The service is available to anyone 16+ with an NHS number. You can also register vaccinations from abroad by visiting our registration team at:

Beware of vaccine scams 

There are reports of fraudsters using text messages to offer the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Please note the NHS will: 

  • never ask you to press a button on your keypad asking you to confirm you want the vaccine
  • never ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.

If you receive a text message from an unfamiliar number: 

  • do not respond to it or click on any links
  • do not enter any personal or log on details
  • do not make any payment
Page last updated: 16 May 2022