NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps to make us all safer. It has been proved safe and effective by independent experts, and is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and save thousands of lives.

This page contains the latest information and advice for residents about:

Who can currently get the COVID-19 vaccine?

You can now book your NHS COVID-19 vaccination if you are aged 16 and over!

Please see guidance for 16 and 17 year olds getting vaccinated here 

In order to ensure that every child gets the opportunity to take up the vaccine, the NHS vaccination team will also be operating clinics during the October half-term.

You don’t need to book a slot, you can simply turn up and walk-in on the day. However, please can we ask you to: 

Depending on demand there may be a short queue, but we will aim to see children as soon as possible.

The venue operating in Brent will be at Roundwood School & Community Centre, 49 Longstone Avenue, Harlesden, NW10 3UN on Tuesday 26 October from 9am to 5pm.

In addition to the clinics running during half-term, you may be invited by your GP to vaccination clinics they are running.  It is your choice where to go, but please remember that 12-15 year olds will only receive one dose of the vaccine.    

For everyone else: follow this link to book your COVID-19 vaccination from the main NHS website

What about booster jabs?

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you:

  • Are aged 50 and over
  • Are aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
  • Had your second dose at least 6 months ago

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Book online if you've been contacted.

For more information about protecting yourself this winter with booster jabs, and flu jabs, follow this link to NHS North West London. Information on this site is available in many languages.

Where can I get vaccinated? 

There are now 26 PCN sites and 84 pharmacies across the eight boroughs in North West London to provide localised vaccinations, making it easier for residents to get their vaccine.

Nearly 1/3 of all the pharmacies approved to provide COVID vaccinations in London are within NW London. They will gradually start administering over the coming weeks with all be operational by 11 October 2021.

Follow this link to book your COVID-19 vaccination from the main NHS website - details of sites below: 

PCN and Pharmacy sites
Phone for an appointment, or go to brentvaccine.eventbrite.co.uk to use our new booking system!
Jade Pharmacy, 533 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, NW9 9EG - 020 8204 8651
  • Every Monday to Friday - 10am-6pm (Pfizer)
  • Every Saturday - 10am-5pm (Pfizer)
  • Every Sunday - 11am-3pm (Pfizer)

Jade Pharmacy (formerly Niks Pharmacy), 282 Ealing Road, Wembley, HA0 4LL - 020 8902 5047

  • Every Monday to Friday - 10am-5pm (Pfizer)
  • Every Saturday - 10am-1pm (Pfizer)

Optipharm Pharmacy - 29 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB - 020 8908 1960 

  • Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 9am-5.30pm (AstraZeneca)
  • Every Wednesday - 9am-1pm (AstraZeneca)

Park Royal Medical Centre - Health & Well-Being Hub Primary Care Centre, Central Middlesex Hospital, Acton Lane, London, NW10 7NS - 020 8961 1183

This clinic will vaccinate 12-15 year olds who are clinically vulnerable, provided they bring a letter from their GP.  It will also provide booster jabs for those who are eligible, and flu vaccinations.

  • Every Tuesday - 1pm - 8pm (Pfizer and AstraZeneca)
  • Every Thursday - 1pm - 8pm (Pfizer and AstraZeneca)
  • Every Saturday - 9am -7pm (Pfizer and AstraZeneca)

Wembley Centre for Health and Care, 116 Chaplin Rd, Wembley, HA0 4UZ - 020 8795 6001

This clinic will vaccinate 12-15 year olds who are clinically vulnerable, provided they bring a letter from their GP.  It will also provide booster jabs for those who are eligible, and flu vaccinations.

  • Every Wednesday - 1pm-8pm (Pfizer and AstraZeneca)

Swaminarayan School, 260 Brentfield Road Neasden, NW10 8HE - 020 8965 8381

  • Every Tuesday - 12pm-7.30pm (Pfizer)
  • Every Thursday and Friday - 9.30am-5.30pm (Pfizer)
  • Every Saturday - 9.30am - 1pm (Pfizer)

For all other residents

Please continue to follow the national public health guidance: wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain safe social distancing. COVID-19 is still very much among us and highly infectious: the risk of catching it is the same as ever for people who have not been vaccinated. 

Please do not contact the council regarding bookings. 

Vaccine bus

In addition to the static sites, there is a COVID-19 vaccine bus visiting various parts of the borough – see below for details of upcoming sites. 

All vaccine bus sessions are 2pm-6pm. Please come early to avoid disappointment - the bus will depart when all vaccines have been administered. 

Everyone aged 16+ can have the Pfizer vaccine on the bus.

The buses will also offer booster jabs for those eligible. 

Saturday 16 October

  • Harlesden. Harlesden Methodist Church, High Street Harlesden, NW10 4NE (Pfizer)

Frequently Asked Questions

Video: Why the Covid-19 Vaccine is safe and effective for everyone

This video message for Brent residents, recorded by our Deputy Director of Public Health Dr John Licorish, responds to some of the most frequently asked questions by residents across the borough:

Is it safe to have the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine?

Recently there have been reports of an extremely rare but serious condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination. 

Although this condition remains extremely rare there is a higher risk in people after the first dose of the AZ vaccine. To date and overall, just over 10 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine given. This is seen more often in younger people and tends to occur between four days and four weeks following vaccination.

Similar conditions can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines in the UK.

On 7 May, the JCVI updated its guidance and now advises that all adults aged 30-39 without underlying health conditions should receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated.

Adults aged 40 years or older, care home residents and adults of any age with underlying health conditions can still receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines.

Yes, the vaccination is safe for everyone and is our best way out of this pandemic. The NHS only offers vaccinations to the public once independent experts have signed it off as being safe.

How has it been possible to develop it so quickly?

There are three main reasons. One, while this coronavirus is a new virus, work was already underway to produce vaccines against the coronaviruses which cause SARS and MERS – two other highly contagious and deadly viruses. Two, there has been an unprecedented level of cooperation between academics and the pharmaceutical industry around the world. Thirdly, a huge financial investment by governments around the world, including the UK.

How effective is the vaccine?

After having both doses of the vaccine, most people will be protected against coronavirus. It takes a few weeks after getting the second dose for it to work. So it’s important to still continue social distancing and following the guidelines to keep us all safe.

Is the vaccine as effective for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups?

Yes, it works the same way – and has the same effectiveness – among all ethnic groups.

Can Muslims have the vaccine under Islamic law?

Yes, after discussion with experts, the British Islamic Medical Association encourages individuals to take the COVID vaccine as advised by their GP.

Does the vaccine include pork or other animal products?

No, there is no material of animal origin in either vaccine. All ingredients are published in healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

Are there any side effects?

Most side effects, such as a sore arm, feeling tired or a headache are mild and usually last a day or two at most. It’s very rare for anyone to have a serious reaction to the vaccine. All staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with and treat any reactions straight away.

If I am unsure, should I attend or book my vaccination appointment?

Attending doesn’t mean that you have to accept the vaccine. It gives you a chance to learn more, to talk through any concerns you might have, and then make your own decision.

For detailed answers to all questions about the COVID vaccine, including how housebound residents will be vaccinated and when second doses will be given, please visit the NHS North West London website

Second COVID-19 vaccine

It is important that you have both doses of your vaccine to ensure you have the maximum level of protection from Coronavirus.

When will I have my second vaccine booked?

If your GP booked you in for your first vaccine they will contact you and book you for your second vaccine 8 weeks later. Please note your GP may not contact you to book you in until 8 weeks after your first vaccine. 

If you booked your first vaccine through one of the online booking systems, you will be able to book your second vaccine for 8 weeks later through the national booking system , you can do this the day after you have had your first vaccine. 

What happens if more than 8 weeks passes before I have my second vaccine?

If for any reason you miss having your second vaccine 8 weeks after your first, please make sure you book-in and have it as soon as possible. 

Registering with a GP surgery

You must be registered with a GP surgery to be contacted by the NHS for your COVID-19 vaccination.

Anyone in England can register with a GP surgery for free. You do not need proof of address or immigration status. Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for vaccination for COVID-19. Immigration checks are not needed to receive the vaccination.

You can usually register online or by phone.

Find out more and register with a GP surgery

Staying safe and avoiding scams

COVID-19 vaccine will always be free in the UK and delivered by the NHS. Patients will be sent a letter by the NHS call/recall service informing them of their eligibility, and receive a call from Primary Care Networks, offering the choice of booking at a GP-led vaccination centre or using the national booking service.

Remember, the vaccine is free of charge:

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account, card details, PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad when on the phone
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 

For more information and advice, please visit Action Fraud

BBC Asian Network is helping people in the South Asian community to spot potential scams. There are advice videos in five South Asian languages:

Vaccine information and resources

You might also find the following information and resources helpful:

NHS Leaflets

Community Webinars

In February 2021 we held a series of four community webinars, attended by thousands of residents. Each webinar saw presentations from local faith leaders, community voices and public health experts - who also answered questions from residents.

The following videos answer key concerns in less than one minute:

Watch the webinars in full in our webcast library

Black Healthcare Group Factsheet

The Black Healthcare Group UK (BHG) has produced a factsheet to answer many of the common questions being raised by the community. The BHG was formed to address issues and concerns in relation to COVID-19 vaccination in the black community and consists of Dr Donald Palmer, Associate Professor of Immunology, Dr Jacqueline McLeod GP and Terence Channer LLB Healthcare Solicitor. 

Download the BHG Factsheet

Video: Why I chose to get the COVID Vaccine

Frontline care manager Yvonne Olasunkanmi explains what it was like to get the vaccine, why getting it was so important to her and encourages other Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents across the borough to get the vaccine when they are invited.

Translations in community languages

NHS doctors, nurses and other frontline staff have recorded video messages to help reassure communities that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and have been independently tested to the highest standards.

The video messages are available in the following community languages:

Watch all the videos on the NHS website

The NHS COVID Vaccination: Guide for Older Adults booklet is also available in the following community languages: