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
- Frequently asked questions
- Second COVID-19 vaccinations
- Registering with a GP surgery
- Stay safe and avoid scams
- Vaccine information resources including leaflets, videos and webinars
- Translations in community languages
You can now book your NHS COVID-19 vaccination if you are any of the following
- Aged 25 and over
- At high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- Live or work in a care home
- Are a Health or social care worker
- Have a condition such as Asthma that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable - people who are offered a free NHS flu jab each winter)
- Have a learning disability
- Are the main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.
Walk in service
Eligible residents can be vaccinated against COVID-19 at walk in services at all mass vaccination sites in North West London boroughs, depending on vaccine availability.
The mass vaccination centres are open 9am-7pm across eight North West London boroughs, including the Wembley site in Brent and others in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
You are asked to bring proof of age, your name and address and your NHS number if you have it.
The walk-in services will operate on a first come, first served basis for residents eligible to be vaccinated and it is possible you will be asked to come back at a later date should supplies run out on a given day.
Vaccine and Pop-Up Centres
In addition to the static sites, there is also a COVID vaccine bus visiting various parts of the borough and pop-up vaccine centres – see below for details of those upcoming:
VACCINE BUS (turn up with ID)
Please note that the bus can only provide vaccines to those aged 40 and over.
Timings subject to availability
- Oaklands Road (Near the Post Office), Cricklewood - Tue 8 June - 10am-1.30pm
- 15 Brondesbury Road, Off Kilburn High Road, Kilburn - Tue 8 June - 3pm-6pm. Fri 18 June - 10am-1.30pm
- Albert Road, Kilburn - Wed 9 June, Wed 16 June - 10am-6pm
- 2-8 Uxendon Crescent, Off Preston Road, Preston - Thu 10 June, Thu 17 June - 10am-1.30pm
- 620 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury - Thu 10 June, Thu 17 June - 3pm-6pm
- Monks Park, Off Harrow Road, Tokyngton - Fri 11 June - 10.30am-1.30pm
- Willesden Bus Garage, High Road, Dudden Hill Lane, Willesden - Fri 11 June - 3pm-6pm
- Harlesden Methodist Church, 25 High Street, Harlesden - Sat 12 June, Sat 19 June - 10am-6pm
- Church End, Ilex Road, Church End, NW10 - Tue 15 June - 10am-1.30pm
Outside Somali Community Training & Education Centre, 115 High Road, Harlesden, NW10 4TR - Tues 15 June - 3pm-6pm
- Salusbury Car Park, Premier Corner, Queens Park, NW6 6BF - Fri 18 June - 3pm-6pm
Vaccine centres (phone for an appointment)
- All Souls Parish Church - Station Road, Harlesden, NW10 4UJ - 11 June, 18 June, 25 June - 10am - 4pm - 020 3114 7185
- The Granville Centre - 140 Carlton Vale, Kilburn, London, NW6 5HE - further dates TBC - 020 7328 1199
- Central Mosque of Brent - 41 Station Parade, London, NW2 4NX - Every Thurs 7pm-8pm, Every Fri 10.30am-1.30pm, Every Sat 11am-1pm - 020 8450 1987
- Lewinson Centre - 167 High Rd, London, NW10 2SG - Every Sat 10am-4pm - 020 8459 7674
- Willesden Centre for Health & Care - Robson Ave, London, NW10 3RY - Every Wed & Sat 9am-12pm, 1pm-6pm - 020 8438 7000
- Swaminarayan School - 260 Brentfield Rd, London, NW10 8HE - Every Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-6pm, Every Weds 12pm-8pm - 020 8965 8381
For all other residents
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. The vaccine is being offered at larger vaccination centres, pharmacies and some local NHS services such as hospitals or GP surgeries. More people are being offered the vaccine every week. The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on the government’s priority list
In the meantime, 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. All appointments are handled by the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service.
Video: Why the COVID 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 when some European countries paused its roll out?
The Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic authorities have taken the precautionary measure to pause roll out of the AstraZeneca vaccine to investigate whether the report of a blood clot in Denmark is linked to the vaccine. It has not been confirmed that the report of a blood clot was caused by the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine. People should still go and get their Covid-19 vaccine when asked to do so. Read the MHRA guidance in full.
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. Over 15 million doses of vaccines have been given in the UK and there have been no major safety concerns.
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
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 11-12 weeks later. Please note your GP may not contact you to book you in until 9 -10 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 11-12 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 12 weeks passes before I have my second vaccine?
If for any reason you miss having your second vaccine 12 weeks after your first, please make sure you book-in and have it as soon as possible.
Where will I go for my second vaccine?
You will need to return to the same venue that you had your first vaccine for your second.
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.
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: