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 any of the following

  • Aged 45 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.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination

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.

For directions and advice for travelling to the NHS COVID Vaccination Centre in Wembley Park,  please visit the NHS North West London website

Frequently Asked Questions

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


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 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.

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, with advice videos in five South Asian languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Gujarati.

Vaccine information and resources

You might also find the following information and resources helpful:

NHS Leaflets

Community Webinars

In February 2020 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: