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Vaccination for coronavirus

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Guy's and St Thomas' has started vaccinating patients against coronavirus (COVID-19). The vaccine is currently being offered to people who are most at risk from the illness. Visit the GOV.UK website for more details about priority groups for COVID-19.

Vaccinations are by appointment only and our telephone lines are very busy so please bear with us if you experience any delays. Please do not turn up or contact us until you are invited to come in.

The vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials.

Frequently asked questions

  • How can I get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations are by appointment only. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. You will be contacted to invite you to book an appointment.

    Our teams are working extremely hard to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups as outlined in the guidelines provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Visit the GOV.UK website for more details about priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination.

    Information about the COVID-19 vaccine programme is available on the NHS website.

  • I’ve received an invite to book my vaccination but can’t get through to the booking appointment line. What should I do?

    Please use the online booking link you have received to book your appointment. If you are unable to book this way you can phone the vaccine booking line provided. Please be aware that our phone lines are extremely busy. We are doing everything we can to increase the number of calls we can handle and appreciate your patience.

    Vaccinations are by appointment only and we will contact you and invite you to make an appointment.

  • What should I do if I have been invited to book a vaccine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ but have already had / been offered a vaccination elsewhere?

    If you have had or been offered your vaccine elsewhere, you don’t need to reply to our invite. You also do not need to reply to our invite if you want to wait to be vaccinated more locally. You will not miss out.

  • Can I choose one vaccine over the other?

    You are not able to choose which vaccine you have. Our vaccine programme is offering vaccines in line with the supply of vaccines available to us. In certain circumstances staff may advise that you have a certain vaccine. 

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

  • When will my second appointment take place? 

    Second doses are booked between 11 and 12 weeks after the first dose. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised the first dose of the vaccine provides a high level of protection but the second dose is still important to provide longer lasting protection.

    Appointments for both doses are booked at the same time, however in certain circumstances we may need to rearrange your second dose appointment. You will be contacted if this is the case.

  • I have heard that some people who aren’t in priority groups are being given the vaccine. Is this true?

    Our teams are working extremely hard to vaccinate the most vulnerable groups as outlined in the guidelines provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Visit the GOV.UK website for more details about priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination.

    This is the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS and we are working at pace to roll it out to those most in need.

    We are unable to comment on individual cases and are currently vaccinating priority groups, including health and social care workers.

  • I received a text message asking me to book my vaccination appointment by clicking on a link. Should I open it?

    We are sending out invitations by text message to book your vaccination appointment online.

    The text contains a unique booking code and you will be asked to provide this and your postcode when booking online. No other personal information is required.

    There have been reports of text message scams where the link goes to a fake NHS form which asks for bank details as proof of identity. The NHS will never ask for banking information.

    Information about scams and what you should do is available on the national cyber security poster (PDF 905Kb).

  • Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine privately?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is not available privately. It is only available through the NHS to eligible groups.

    Information about the COVID-19 vaccine programme is available on the NHS website.

  • Can the AstraZeneca vaccine cause blood clots?

    On 7 April 2021, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued new advice that there is a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and 'extremely rare and unlikely to occur' blood clots with lowered platelets. National guidance has been updated and anyone aged under 30 in the UK will now be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine. The risk of developing a blood clot is estimated to be approximately 4 in 1 million.

    Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about the COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting.