Covid-19 Latest Updates
Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid Vaccine information on types of vaccine, safety, pregnancy, breast feeding & more: https://www.nhs.uk/Coronavirus Vaccination
Visit Tower Hamlets Covid page for local updates: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - Covid Pass: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad
COVID Pass Reason codes: https://www.nhs.uk/contact-us/covid-status-letter-service-help/
Booster Vaccination: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/
Who Can Get Vaccinated
- Children and young people aged 12 to 15 are offered one dose of the vaccine.
- Some young people and children aged 12 to 15 are offered 2 doses of the vaccine. Find Out More
- People aged 16 and over (or turning 16 within 3 months) are offered 2 doses
- you're at high risk from COVID-19(clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you're a frontline health or social care worker
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a carer
When you book you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are recommended for you based on your age, any underlying health conditions, and whether you're pregnant. If you are pregnant it is advisable you have the Pfizer vaccine please contact your GP surgery to arrange this.
Booking Covid-19 Booster & 3rd dose Vaccination
For people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 3 months ago:
- people aged 18 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
Find out more: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/
3rd Primary Dose Vaccine
A third dose is for people who are moderately or severely immune-compromised; their original immune response from the first 2 doses may not have been strong enough, so a third dose is recommended as part of their primary vaccine series. These individuals are able to get a third dose as soon as 8 weeks after their second vaccine.
To find out who is eligible and how to get your spring booster please visit Spring Booster info
Booking Covid-19 Vaccination
If you are eligible for a vaccination aged 12 and over you do not need to wait to be contacted by the GP surgery to book your vaccination you can walk-in to a vaccination centre or book via the national booking system at a large vaccination centre or a pharmacy.
You need to:
- have 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at 2 appointments or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine
- get the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after getting your 1st dose
- have the booster dose 3 months after the 2nd dose
If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test before you book an appointment.
Book your vaccine using the national booking system or by calling 119 or using the text message booking link received from GP surgery. If you had 1st dose vaccination abroad please see the section below.
Rescheduling an Appointment
To reschedule a booked appointment at large vaccination centres, pharmacy or at hospitals use the national booking system or by calling 119.
For appointments booked using the GP surgery booking link please contact the surgery to resend the invitation or call 119.
COVID Pass/Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate
NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details - 1st and 2nd dose. From 19th November it will also include booster or 3rd dose details.
NHS COVID Pass is available if you:
- are aged 16 or over
- received 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine
- received one dose of the Janssen vaccine
You can access your NHS COVID Pass 2 weeks after having a full course of the vaccine.
Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
- NHS App which you can download from app stores - available from 14 May (Contact GP surgery for your NHS number and to send you the linkage key details by email.)
- NHS website
- Call Covid helpline - 119
For COVID Passes and vaccination status in other parts of the UK
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 5 working days for the letter to arrive. The letter will be sent to the address registered with the GP. If you have recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to the GP practice before requesting a letter.
The GP practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.
Clinical Trial Participants
If you were vaccinated as part of an official clinical trial in England, you should have received a letter confirming this. The letter explains that your COVID-19 status is “fully vaccinated”.
If you have not received a letter, contact your clinical trial site.
Had Vaccination Abroad ?
If you received vaccination abroad please provide the details to your GP surgery to update your health record.
If you only received first dose abroad we will book you in for your second dose. When you attend your second dose appointment please ensure to take the first dose vaccination record with you and advise the vaccinator that this is your second dose so that they can record it accurately.
If you had a vaccine other than pfizer, Moderna or Oxford- AstraZeneca we will need to get advice from the NHS England Vaccination Team on how to proceed.
Unable to View COVID Pass ?
For people aged 16+ administered 2 doses from England - If you are unable to view your COVID Pass on the NHS App after registering with the linkage key and its been more than 2 weeks from your appointment date contact Covid helpline on 119. If you are informed the issue is on NHS App, contact the App team via NHS App Contact us
COVID Pass for vaccinations received abroad You need to get proof of vaccination/Covid certificate from the country where you were vaccinated.