Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna have been approved for use in the UK. If you are offered a vaccine, please make sure you get it - vaccines offer the best protection for you and your family against COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for everyone aged 12 or over. If you are aged 12 or over, you can walk-up to CP House in Ealing or selected local pharmacies and get your vaccine or you can make a booking on the NHS website. You do not need to wait to be contacted.

The COVID-19 vaccination is also being offered to 5 to 11 year olds as a lower dose. All children aged 5 to 11 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to provide consent. Throughout June, there are dedicated pop-up vaccination clinics in Ealing or you can make a booking on the NHS website. Our website is regularly updated with new dates and venues so please keep an eye out.

  • 3.30 to 7pm on Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June at Beaconsfield Primary School, Beaconsfield Road, Southall, UB1 1DR

  • 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 22 and Wednesday 29 June at Northolt High School, 11 Newbury Way, Northolt UB5 4HP

  • 10am to 6pm on Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 June and Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July at St Mary’s Church, Acton, W3 9NW.

Getting your vaccine

It has never been easier to get your vaccine with residents able to walk-up or book at a number of pharmacies and centres in the borough. We recommend that you book in order to guarantee a jab, but walk-ups are available at all centres.

Book your appointment at CP House (W5 5TL) on the government portal. Open daily, 8am - 8pm.

Check the locations of the vaccination sites in the borough

Get your vaccine at a local pharmacy

A number of pharmacies in the borough have vaccines that are ready for residents to claim by just walking up.

Please check opening times with individual pharmacies as times may vary.

  • Touchwood Pharmacy, 493 Yeading Lane, Northolt UB5 6LN 
  • Temple Pharmacy, 110 Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1QP 
  • South Ealing Pharmacy 186 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RJ 
  • Medic Plus Clinic (Operated by the team from Mattock Lane Pharmacy / St Johns Church), 5 Castle Hill Parade, The Avenue, (near West Ealing Station/opp Drayton Court Hotel) ,West Ealing W13 8JP
    Telephone: 0208 567 9153
  • Remedy Pharmacy Central Ealing South Central Ealing 83 Greenford Ave, Hanwell, W7 1LJ 
  • Boots Pharmacy Greenford Westway Retail Park, 1000 Greenford Rd, Greenford UB6 0UW 
  • Roxanne’s pharmacy Greenwell Greenford Methodist Church, Ruislip Road, UB6 9QN 
  • Puri Chemist Southall 39 Western Road, Southall, London, UB2 5HE 
  • Northolt Pharmacy Northolt Grand Union Village Health Centre, Taywood Road , Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 6WL

Frequently asked questions

You might have questions about the vaccine. The NHS has put together some useful FAQs.

Why should I get the vaccine?

Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

How do I get the vaccine?

You can find out how to get a 1st, 2nd or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and how you will be contacted for your vaccinations on the NHS website.

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 all approved vaccines have good safety profiles and offer a high level of protection.

How safe is the Moderna vaccine?

The Moderna vaccine is tested and safe for those aged over 18. Moderna stimulates the body’s natural defences (immune system) and causes the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the virus. None of the ingredients in the Moderna vaccine can cause COVID-19.

Moderna and Pfizer are being used as booster vaccinations. They are mRNA vaccines which have been shown to provide a good immune boost in studies, regardless of which vaccine was used for the first/second dose.

How safe is the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine?

We know many residents may be concerned about the ongoing discussions around the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots, so we want to assure you that the risk is very low and the vaccine is safe. The benefits of taking the vaccine and getting yourself the protection against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the UK Government on immunisation, released a statement on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which you can read in full on their website.

Does the vaccine give you COVID?

No. Vaccines are developed by taking parts of the virus itself. However, the parts of the virus in the vaccine cannot reproduce in your body and cannot give you COVID-19.

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

No. There is not any evidence that any of the approved vaccines will work differently among different ethnic groups. For both vaccine trials, participants included black/African, Asian and other ethnic groups.

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.

Can Muslims have the vaccine under Islamic law?

Yes. After discussion with experts, the British Islamic Medical Association encourages individuals to take the COVID-19 vaccine as advised by their medical practitioner.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given as two doses. You will have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose. 

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, are also being offered a booster dose.

How long does the vaccine take to become effective?

The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you've had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

Most people also need a booster dose to help improve the protection from the first 2 doses of the vaccine.

There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.

Is the vaccine vegan/vegetarian friendly?

The two approved COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

If, and when, further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.

Who cannot have the vaccine?

People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.

I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?

People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, high temperature, loss of sense of smell or taste) should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.

Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?

Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.

Are there any known or anticipated side effects?

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. 

Very common side effects include:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick.

As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.

I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?

The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?

No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter

Useful links

For more information, go to the NHS website