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 gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Free Webinar: Get the facts about the COVID vaccine


Residents who want to know more about the COVID-19 vaccine are being invited to a free webinar to get answers to their questions. Taking place on Monday, January 25, between 6pm and 7.30pm, the free session will enable participants to separate the facts from the fiction and gain a better understanding when it comes to being vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Who can currently get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered to:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on the government’s priority list

Wait to be contacted

The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t contact your doctor or the NHS asking about vaccination; this is not a service that you are able to book in advance. The NHS will contact you when your turn comes in the months ahead. If you are contacted, please do attend the appointment.

In the meantime, it is vitally important that we all 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.

There is more information about the COVID 19 vaccine on both the Government and the NHS websites, so please take time to click on these links and read through these pages if you want to find out more. You can also read the COVID vaccination guide for adults leaflet

We will keep you updated as plans for the vaccine programme progress in Brent.

Wembley NHS COVID Vaccination Centre

Appointments for the Wembley large vaccination site are by appointment only. You will only be able to book an appointment when you receive a letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service. You will not be able to book an appointment until you receive your invite letter.

This letter will provide all the details you need to book a vaccination at a centre within 45 minutes of your home address. Please do not turn up at a vaccination site without an appointment, you will not be vaccinated.

You will be sent a letter from NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service when it is your turn to book in for your vaccination. Letters will initially go to people aged 80 and over who live in reasonable travelling distance of the locations that are open, and who haven’t already been vaccinated through other NHS vaccination services.

Please do not contact the council regarding bookings. All appointments are handled by the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service.

Directions for getting the Vaccination Centre, instructions for arrival and information about car parking, please visit the NHS North West London website

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes. The NHS only offers Covid-19 vaccinations to the public once independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.   The MHRA, the official UK regulator, has said that both vaccines have good safety profiles and offer a high level of protection. The NHS says they have full confidence in the MHRA’s expert judgement and processes.   

Could the vaccine be less effective for black people and other minority groups?

No, there is not any evidence that either of the vaccines will work differently among different ethnic groups. Around 10% of the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial participants were Black or African.

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 medical practitioner.

Does the vaccine include pork, gelatine 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.

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

Video: Getting the COVID Vaccine in Brent

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.

Staying safe

The COVID vaccine is only available through the NHS. 

The NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you, will contact you to receive your vaccine when it is your turn.

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 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.