Covid-19 does not only affect older people. Getting vaccinated reduces your chances of getting Covid-19 at school or college and potentially spreading it to your family; and from having to isolate with the virus and missing out on going out with friends. It also reduces your chances of getting seriously ill.
There are now 3 safe vaccines which will protect you from coronavirus, available free of charge from the NHS.
If you’re aged 12 – 15, you can now get the Covid vaccine. You don’t need to contact the NHS to arrange your vaccine, your school or GP will be in touch.
More than 500,000 people aged 16 and 17 have already had their Covid-19 vaccination in the UK.
If you’re 16 or over and haven’t been vaccinated yet, please book your appointment straight away. You can also call 119 or simply walk-in to one of the clinics listed below:
- John Scott Health Centre, 220 Green Lanes, Woodberry Down N4 2NU
Wednesday – Friday, 3.30pm – 6pm. Sunday, 2.30pm – 4:30pm.
- St Leonards Hospital Vaccination Centre, Nuttall St N1 5LZ
Monday, 10am – 7pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 12noon – 7pm.
Thursday – Friday, 10am – 6pm.
- The Vaccination Centre, 3a Bocking Street E8 3RU
Monday – Tuesday, 3.30pm – 6pm. Saturday, 9am – 6pm. Sunday, 10am – 12.30pm.
These are the centres in Hackney that are also offering vaccines for 16 – 17 year olds:
- Bees Pharmacy, 199-201 Rushmore Road E5 0HD
Monday – Friday, 9am – 9pm. Saturday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Sunday, 11am – 3pm.
- Boots, 120 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BE
Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm (closed during 12noon – 1pm).
- Silverfields Chemist, 141 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
Monday – Saturday, 9am – 9pm.
- Haggerston Pharmacy, 201 Haggerston Road, E8 4HU
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
- Day Lewis, 19 Freemasons Road, Custom House, E16 3AR
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm (Moderna vaccine).
- Murrays Pharmacy, 96-98 Murray Grove N1 7QP
Monday – Friday, 7am – 8pm. Saturday, 8am – 8pm.
- Spring Pharmacy, 233 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG
Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm. Saturday 9.30am – 5pm.
There is no need to pre-book and no need to bring a parent or guardian; you can simply walk in and have your jab.
Dr Jagan John, GP and Chair of NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The last year and a half has been especially tough on our young people who have missed out on lots of parts of normal teenage life, as well as school.
“Getting vaccinated not only helps protect them, the people they care about and our local NHS, but is the only way we are all going to be able to get back to normality.
“I know many young people are thinking of applying to university next year and will be hoping to have more face-to-face tuition and the normal university experience and they can help make this happen by doing their part and getting vaccinated.”
Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health answers some common questions on the Covid-19 vaccine
“The vast majority of Londoners who are eligible for the vaccine are now coming forward for their first doses. A number of people are naturally worried about something they don’t know much about and they want more information before making up their minds on this. I want to make sure everyone is able to make an informed decision about getting the vaccine, using reliable information from trusted sources. I want to assure you that the vaccines are safe and effective. Here are answers to some of the most common questions I am hearing:”
Does the vaccine work against the new Delta variant?
Yes. The vaccines still provide effective protection from severe illness, hospitalization and death even with the new Delta variant. The latest study from Public Health England shows that both the Astrazeneca and Pfizer vaccines are very effective in preventing hospitalizations (92% and 96%, respectively) after two doses, nearly as effective as against the original virus and Alpha variant.
Does the vaccine make you magnetic?
No. There is nothing magnetic in the vaccines. Viral videos showing ‘proof’ is just a common physics trick using Van Der Waals forces where smooth objects appear to stick together, if you dust some talc powder on your arm you’ll see nothing sticks there anymore as the smooth surface has been broken.
I already had Covid-19, should I bother to get the vaccine?
Yes. We know that these vaccines stimulate a stronger and possibly longer lasting immune response than a natural infection from the virus itself. We also don’t know how long natural immunity lasts, or if that immunity is protective against the new variants of the virus. Even if you have already had Covid-19 it is still vitally important to get both doses of your vaccine to give you maximum protection against the virus.
Does the vaccine stay in your body forever?
No. The vaccine stays in your body for a few weeks, during this time your own immune system is using information from the vaccine to train itself in how to defend you from a real attack of coronavirus. The components of the vaccine, once they’ve done their job, are broken down by your body and removed.
Will the vaccine make me infertile?
No. There is no biological mechanism for the vaccine to affect your fertility and the early studies in animals found no evidence that the vaccines affected their fertility. In addition, there is a wealth of “real world” data from the USA (from the vaccination programme, rather than a trial), which didn’t raise any safety concerns of giving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to pregnant women. There is expert advice and guidance available from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
What is long Covid?
Studies are now showing the long term dangers of catching coronavirus. That is why it is so important to get vaccinated, as the vaccine will provide protection from ‘long Covid’. Even in young people, getting Covid-19 has caused long term damage meaning people have long term symptoms including insomnia, ‘brain fog’ and extreme exhaustion.
I have no recourse to public funds, can I get the vaccine?
Yes. You can get the vaccine for free from the NHS no matter what your immigration status is. You can attend our local walk-in clinics and get the vaccine with no questions asked.
Are there any side-effects?
Like any medicine, including those you can buy over the counter, such as paracetamol or antihistamines, vaccines can have some side-effects. Most of these are mild and short-lived and not everyone gets them.
Common side-effects of the Covid-19 vaccines include:
- soreness where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- feeling sick
These side-effects usually wear off within a couple of days or less, and you can take over the counter medicine, such as paracetamol, to reduce the effects.
There are more serious, but very rare, side effects associated with the vaccines. The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is associated with an extremely rare blood clotting disorder, which, although rare, is more common in younger people. As a result, the UK medicine regulator recommends that this vaccine is not offered to people aged under 40. If you’re under 40 you will only be offered the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine which did not have these side effects reported.
The fact is, the vaccines have now been safely given to over 47,000,000 people across the UK, so we know the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks.
- advice for children and young people on the Covid-19 vaccination
- make sure any information you share about the vaccine comes from a trusted source such as www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or Everything Covid, the dedicated Covid information site designed by young people for young people
- FAQ advice sheet