Information about the Coronavirus vaccine

The Coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. This article outlines information about the vaccine.
male receiving coronavirus vaccination

Who can get the Coronavirus vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the Coronavirus vaccine to people most at risk from Coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at some pharmacies.

It's currently being given to people who meet specific eligibility criteria and this is currently changing every few days. To find the most up to date information, look at the NHS Coronavirus vaccine website to see who is currently eligible. If you are eligible, you may be able to book an appointment online.

NHS Coronavirus vaccine website

The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). You can read the latest advice on the priority groups for the Coronavirus vaccination. 

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Covid-19 Vaccine walk-in sites in Enfield 

  • Second doses can be given 8 weeks after the first dose
  • When you arrive for your second dose, staff will check your vaccination record on our secure systems to verify that the time between your doses meets the current UK guidance.

Please do not come for your second dose if it has been less than 8 weeks (56 days) since your first dose as staff will not be able to vaccinate you. You can also book online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 to make an appointment for your second dose.

Please note you cannot be vaccinated if you have tested positive for coronavirus within the last four weeks or if you have any symptoms of coronavirus. Please do not attend the vaccination centre if you have been asked to self-isolate.

You will need to wear a face-covering in all vaccination centres.

Carlton House Surgery – 28 Tenniswood Road, EN1 3LL

  • Date and Time – Daily (7 days a week) 9am – 6pm
  • Booking – Walk in, no booking required
  • Vaccine – Pfizer and AstraZeneca
  • First/second dose – 1st doses and 2nd doses (minimum 8 weeks apart)

Evergreen Surgery – 1 Smythe Close, N9 0TW

  • Date and Time – Daily (7 days a week) 9am – 6pm
  • Booking – Walk in, no booking required
  • Vaccine – Pfizer and AstraZeneca
  • First/second dose – 1st doses and 2nd doses (minimum 8 weeks apart)

Parkview Pharmacy – 195 Bramley Road, N14 4XA

  • Date and Time – Monday to Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Booking – Walk-in or booking
  • Vaccine – AstraZeneca and Pfizer
  • First/second doses – 1st doses and 2nd doses (minimum 8 weeks apart)

How the Coronavirus vaccine is given

The Coronavirus vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It's given as 2 doses. You will have the 2nd dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose. You will have 2 doses of the same vaccine.

How safe is the Coronavirus vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any Coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, millions of people have been given a Coronavirus vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or clotting problems, have been very rare. 

How effective is the Coronavirus vaccine?

The 1st dose of the Coronavirus vaccine will give you some protection from Coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread Coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people

Find out more about the vaccine on the NHS website

Easy Read information

You can download an Easy Read guide about the Coronavirus vaccine developed by Mencap. 

Information about the Coronavirus vaccine in alternative languages

NHS England have produced some videos about the Coronavirus vaccine in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Polish
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Yoruba

You can watch the videos below and you can find out more information on the NHS England website.

There is a link to download each video listed below. Please download the videos and share with friends, family and community groups via WhatsApp, text message and/or social media.

Dr Mohammed Abdul-Latif, Clinical Oncology Registrar at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, speaking in Arabic
Tazmina Ahasan, Discharge Coordinator at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, speaking in Bengali
Sangita Patel, clinical lead for therapies at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, speaking in Gujarati
Kasia Kurkowiak-Jolley, Apprentice Nurse Associate and Accident Department Assistant at BHRUT speaking in Polish
Dr Harmandeep Singh, cardiology consultant at Ealing Hospital, speaking in Punjabi
Stefania Vasilescu, Maternity Assistant at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, speaking in Romanian
Lorena González, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at East London NHS Foundation Trust, speaking in Spanish
Vivian Motana, Healthcare Assistant at Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust, speaking in Swahili
Dr Muhiddin Ozkor, consultant cardiologist and clinical director at North Middlesex University Hospital, speaking in Turkish
Dr Fharat Raja, consultant oncologist at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, speaking in Urdu
Temitope Akinfolarin, Administrator at East London NHS Foundation Trust, speaking in Yoruba

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