About the vaccine
The vaccine is our way out of the pandemic and the best way to protect yourself and the people you love from covid-19. The more of us that have that protection, the safer we will all be and the quicker we can get back to normal.
The vaccine has undergone the same rigorous tests as all other medicines to ensure they are safe. Three different options are available from the NHS. They have all been approved by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and are free.
Take a look at the local NHS website for answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine and for the latest factual information and advice about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Please be aware of scams. You will never be asked for money or your bank details to get a vaccine.
Book an appointment
For the vaccine to be as effective as possible you need to have two injections of up to 12 weeks apart. The NHS will be in touch by letter or phone when it is your turn to book your appointment. Please don’t contact your GP directly to request a vaccine. It is really important that you turn up for your appointment.
If you’re over 45, a frontline health or social care worker or clinically extremely vulnerable, book your vaccine on the NHS online booking system, or by calling 119 for free. If you would prefer to receive the vaccine at a GP surgery, please wait to be contacted.
Location of vaccine centres in Islington:
- Bingfield Primary Care Centre, 8 Bingfield Street, N1 0AL
- Hanley Primary Care Centre, 51 Hanley Road, N4 3DU
- Arc pharmacy, St Paul Street N1. Watch how the vaccination site at Arc Centre pharmacy works
- Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH. Watch how this Mass Vaccination Centre works, and for more information about it, go to the University College London Hospitals website.
If you have received your invitation and need a hand to sort out your appointment, please contact our We are Islington helpline by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7527 8222.
How is the vaccine being rolled out in Islington?
This is the largest vaccination programme in NHS history. A partnership of councils, NHS organisations, voluntary and community organisations across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, is working closely together to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme across north central London.
We are rolling out the vaccine in line with national guidelines. You can see more about who is eligible for the vaccine at the moment on the NHS website.
Call for volunteers
The success of the roll out of the vaccine so is thanks to the volunteers and organisations who are playing a major role in coordinating efforts.
If you would like to help as a volunteer there are some volunteering opportunities available.
Find out about volunteer steward roles at two local clinics.
Find out about volunteer marshal roles at the Business Design Centre.
Online events and seminars
There are webinars and forums that you can visit to share your concerns about vaccines and to get answers from professionals to any questions you may have.
They are being held on:
- 22 April: Online covid-19 vaccine information event for the Black African and Caribbean Communities in London. It will take place on Zoom at 6-7.30pm: zoom.us/j/92772373515, please use ID 927 7237 3515. Find out more on Enfield Council's Facebook page.
- 26 April: Online covid-19 Q&A session. Taking place on Zoom from 6-7.30 pm. Book on the Eventbrite website.
- 28 April: Covid-19 vaccination information event for Somali speakers, and speakers of Tigrinya and Arabic. Visit the Healthwatch Islington website to find out more.
Give your views and you could win a £100 voucher
The NHS is conducting research with London Metropolitan University across London to understand attitudes and intentions to the Covid-19 vaccines in Londoners aged over 18. Please complete the online survey on the university's website. It takes between five and 10 minutes, and you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four £100 Aldi vouchers!
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Frequently Asked questions and links to useful Information
Frequently Asked questions about the Covid-19 vaccine