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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.

    We are currently vaccinating people who are over 75 years old and who live in  Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark, as well as care home workers and healthcare workers .

    If you live in other areas or are not in the groups currently being vaccinated, please wait to be contacted by your local COVID-19 vaccination centre.

    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?

    Unfortunately our vaccine booking 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.

    If you have been offered the vaccine, or are calling on behalf of someone who has, please accept our apologies and try to call the team again when you are able to.

    If you have not been contacted, please wait until you are invited to make an appointment.

  • When will my second appointment take place? 

    Due to the high levels of COVID-19 cases across the UK, the Government has decided to ensure that the first dose of the vaccine is delivered to as many people as possible, as soon as possible. This will mean we can protect those who are most vulnerable quicker.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that the first dose of the vaccine provides a high level of protection.

    This means that vaccinating a greater number of people with a single dose to start with will prevent more deaths and hospitalisations than vaccinating a smaller number of people with two doses.

    When the vaccination programme started, the original Government advice was to book second appointments 21-28 days after the first dose.

    Following the Government’s decision to initially provide as many people as possible with the first dose, the guidance is now that second dose appointments should be 12 weeks after the first.

  • I have my second dose COVID-19 vaccination appointment already booked. Is that going to change?

    Following the Government’s decision to deliver the first dose of the vaccine to as many people as soon as possible, any second dose appointments originally booked for 21-28 days after the first dose have been rearranged to be 12 weeks after the first dose and you will be contacted to let you know your new appointment date. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If your appointment was booked for 12 weeks after your first dose, then it will go ahead as planned.   

  • 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 care home staff and residents, those 75 years of age and over, and 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?

    There have been reports of text message scams where a person receives a text with a link, inviting them to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. The link then takes them to a fake NHS form which asks for their bank details to prove their identity.

    The NHS will never ask for people's 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.

 

 

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