Covid Vaccines

How to get the Covid-19 vaccine

You can now book your vaccination appointments online if any of the following apply:

  • you’re aged 18 or over
  • you’ll turn 18 before 1 July 2021
  • you’re at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16 and over)
  • Clinically at-risk (aged 18 – 65)
  • Adult care home residents
  • Health and social care workers
  • Anyone who is a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19
  • Anyone with a learning disability

Booking your appointment

Appointments for the Arts Pavilion, Cable Street Practice and community clinics (East London Mosque and Granby Hall) can be booked through the council’s vaccine helpline – 020 7364 3030.

Other sites listed above including pharmacies are bookable through the NHS system or by calling 119.


Walk in vaccine options

Art Pavilion

Until 11 July anyone eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine (those aged 18 and over) can walk in to the Art Pavilion for their first appointment.

Walk ins are open between 8.30am and 5.30pm, 7 days a week.

You can still book through the helpline if that is preferable – 020 7364 3030. You can also call the helpline if you need information or advice.

Anyone aged 40 or under will be offered the Pfizer vaccine, unless it is clinically inappropriate.

Arts Pavilion (Mile End Park) – Clinton Road, E3 4QY


Cable Street Surgery

Residents can also walk in for their first vaccine at Cable Street Surgery. Walk ins are open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5.30pm. Walk ins are open until Saturday 10 July.

Cable Street Surgery – 445 Cable Street, E1W 3DP


No questions asked

Everyone is welcome to get vaccinated at one of our clinics. If you do not have documentation, no questions will be asked. .

Household vaccine appointments

Anyone eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine (above) and booking locally in Tower Hamlets, can bring members of their household to get vaccinated at the same time.

Please call our helpline to book your household appointments – 020 7364 3030. It is really important to book because more vaccines are needed for a household appointment.

Booking second dose of vaccine

Two doses of Covid-19 vaccine are needed for maximum protection. You should have your second vaccine appointment 8 to 12 weeks after the first.

If you booked your first dose through your GP, they will contact you via text or phone call to book you in for your second vaccine around 11 weeks later. If you booked your first dose online through one of the online booking systems, you will be able to book your second vaccine again directly through the national booking system.


NHS 119 BSL Service

If you cannot book online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

This service is open 07.00 – 23.00 day every day

Using your computer and webcam, or the InterpreterNow app on your smartphone or tablet, you make a video call to a BSL interpreter.

The interpreter telephones an NHS 119 operative and relays your conversation with them. The NHS 119 operative will assist you with the procedure for booking and administering Covid-19 tests and with enquiries related to the progress of the test results, and with booking Covid-19 vaccinations.


Vaccine video from deaf charities

Deaf charities have come together to produce a vaccine video for the deaf community, with specific focus on ethnic minority groups. Evidence shows that black and Asian people are far more susceptible to Covid-19 and this new signed video aims to dispel myths, answer questions and provide some helpful information.

Watch the signed video here.

How safe is the Covid-19 vaccine?

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

Any Covid-19 vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

The World Health Organisation has a Q&A section on their website responding to some commonly asked questions about the vaccine, including information about their safety. Have a look here.


BBC Asian Network address vaccine concerns

BBC Asian Network have produced videos in five languages: Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu to help address any safety concerns around Covid vaccines in the South Asian community. Watch them here.


Covid vaccination easy read leaflets

The government has produced a range of easy read leaflets explaining the vaccine process, and what to expect after your have received the vaccine. Take a look at the easy read guides here.

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