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Vaccination for coronavirus

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Guy's and St Thomas' is vaccinating patients against coronavirus (COVID-19) in line with the Government's agreed priority groups. If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine you can book an appointment using the national booking system on the NHS website.

We have a number of vaccination centres on both our hospital sites. Please check your text message confirmation for details of which vaccination centre you need to attend.

Westminster Bridge 1 and St Thomas' vaccination centres 1, 2 and 3 are at our St Thomas' site. The Guy's Atrium and London Bridge vaccination centres 1, 2 and 3 are at our Guy's site. Please refer to the maps for details.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where should I go for my vaccination?

    You will be told at the time of booking which vaccination centre to come to for your vaccine. We have a number of vaccination centres on both our hospital sites. Please check your text message confirmation for details of which vaccination centre you need to attend.

    St Thomas' vaccination centres 1, 2 and 3 are at our St Thomas' site. Guy's Atrium and London Bridge vaccination centres 1, 2 and 3 are at our Guy's site. Please refer to the maps for details:

  • 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 which vaccine I receive?

    We are offering vaccines in line with the vaccine supply available to us and based on medical suitability.

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer you a choice of which vaccine you receive.

    When you come for your appointment, we will ask you questions about your relevant medical history. This will tell us whether you are medically suitable for the vaccine you have been booked for. If because of your medical history you are not suitable for that vaccine, we will offer you an alternative vaccine. 

    It is not possible for this screening to take place online because of the nature of the screening questions, and because we need to make sure we get your full details.

  • When will my second appointment take place? 

    Second doses are booked between 11 and 12 weeks after the first dose for anyone under 40 years old.

    If you are over 40 your second dose will be booked between 7 and 8 weeks after your first. If are over 40 and you were originally booked for 11 to 12 weeks, you will be contacted to bring your second appointment forward. You can also rearrange your second appointment yourself, please refer to the following question.

    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.

  • How do I cancel or rearrange my appointment?

    If you booked your vaccine through the national online booking system, please log onto the system and make the changes you need.

    If you booked your vaccine through the Guy's and St Thomas' booking system, for example in response to a text or letter we sent you, please contact the Trust's vaccine team by emailing CovidVaccineBookings@gstt.nhs.uk. We aim to respond to you within 48 hours. You can also call us on 020 7188 4040 but please be aware that this line can be extremely busy.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued 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 40 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.