The Covid-19 vaccination programme has substantially reduced the risk from severe Covid-19 in the UK. It's safe, effective and gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

General public

In north west London there are large vaccine centres, as well as community vaccination centres where you can book a vaccine or just walk in and get a vaccine. You can also book a vaccination through the NHS national booking service.

You are asked to bring proof of age, your name and address and your NHS number if you have it. See the full list of vaccine centres and vaccine availability in north west London.

Covid-19 vaccines are available for:

  • everyone aged 16 or over (Currently over 70 per cent of young people aged 18-29 in England have had their first dose of the vaccine.)
  • some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it
  • people aged 16 and over (available for walk-in appointments only at one of our vaccination centres)
  • people who are over 18 or within three months from their 18th birthday – can also book via the national booking system

Our patients

We are currently vaccinating only a very few patients in our hospitals. There are a number of reasons why this is the case:

  • It’s really important to keep a careful track of patients who have had a first dose of vaccine – so that we can make sure they get their second dose at the right time, and with the same type of vaccine. As most of our patients are in hospital for a relatively short amount of time, this is much better done as part of the public vaccination programme in the community.
  • To respond to a high number of patients with Covid-19, we are currently focusing almost entirely on urgent and emergency care, with all but time-critical planned care postponed. Therefore, many of our inpatients are not be well enough to be vaccinated. As soon as they are medically fit to be discharged from hospital, patients will go home or to a community-based facility, such as a care home, where they will be offered the vaccine if they are in a priority group.  
  • We currently have supplies of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which has very specific storage requirements, creating logistical challenges for on-site distribution. Currently, we are able to provide the vaccine primarily from one building at St Mary’s Hospital. 

We are developing plans to roll out vaccines to some priority and vulnerable patients who have to attend hospital frequently, such as dialysis patients, or who are likely to be in hospital for several weeks. We are already able to offer the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to regular patients in one of our renal dialysis units and we are working to expand to other units as quickly as possible. 

If you are a patient regularly attending one of our hospitals or clinics, and you receive an invitation to be vaccinated in the community, please take up that offer. You should not wait to find out if and when we are able to offer you a vaccine. However, if we are able to offer you a vaccine before you are offered a vaccine in the community, please take up our offer and we will also make sure you get your second dose when it is needed.

Our staff

We are running the vaccination programme for our staff, as well as for some other health and care workers in north west London. The programme began at the end of December and we expect to have provided all our frontline staff with their first vaccine dose before the end of January. 

More information

Find out more about the north west London vaccination programme 
Find out more about more about priority groups being vaccinated
Read about having the vaccine
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