Kingston COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last updated: 29 July 2021


Over 18? Book your COVID-19 vaccination online now

If you’re aged over 18, a carer or have an underlying health condition, call 119 or visit nhs.uk/covid-vaccination to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Your local NHS is delivering the biggest vaccination programme in its history. Everyone has an important part to play to help us with this programme of work

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus.
  • It’s never too late to get the Covid vaccine. It’s safe and effective, but speak to your GP if you have any concerns.

Who’s being prioritised for vaccination?

Our priority remains vaccinating the most vulnerable people in south west London. The NHS will offer you a vaccination when it’s your turn – this will be when you’re in a priority group.

What do you need to know about appointments?

When it’s your turn, you’ll be invited by the NHS to book an appointment.

Where can you get vaccinated?

The vaccination is being offered in a variety of places across south west London, including GP and pharmacy-led services, hospitals and community vaccination centres.

You may also be able to have your first vaccination at one of the following walk-in clinics in south west London – but not everyone is eligible, so please check the clinic details before deciding to go.


Weekly update

The 19th July saw the completion of the second phase of the biggest vaccination programme in the health service’s history, which offers us an opportunity to reflect on the work undertaken so far and to look ahead.

One million local people have now been given their first Covid-19 vaccination by the NHS in south west London This means that 83% of the adult population is protected – with over 700,000 receiving both doses.

However, there are still thousands of people – many of them younger – who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccine. For those who are still unsure, we continue to encourage them to come and have a chat at one of our vaccination centres to get the facts. There is no pressure to be vaccinated – we just want to make sure everyone has the facts so they can make their own decision.

All walk-in sessions and most pop-up vaccination clinics are added to our website here – this page is updated regularly and we would appreciate your support in sharing the information.

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Top questions

If you have had COVID-19 then your body may have built up some natural immunity to the virus, however we don’t know how long this immunity lasts or if it fully protects you from catching COVID-19 again. It is likely that natural immunity won’t last as long as the immunity given to you by a vaccine. So, it is still very important to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you.

You’ll need to book a 2nd dose for 8 to 12 weeks after your 1st dose.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) has issued interim advice suggesting that any booster programme should be offered from September 2021 and should prioritize those most at risk of serious disease. 

Final advice will be published before September and will take into account the latest epidemiological situation. The NHS is preparing now to ensure that we are ready for the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign in the autumn or winter.  Further details will be set out in due course.

An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in the UK when asked for proof of your COVID-19 status.

You can get the NHS Covid Pass either:

  • two weeks after your second vaccine dose
  • if you’ve had a negative PCR or lateral flow test result in the past 48 hours – and have reported it on the NHS website (this pass lasts for 48 hours after the result)
  • if you have had a positive PCR test result within the past six months, and have finished self-isolating (this pass lasts for 180 days after the result)

Some countries may also ask for a negative Covid-19 test result. Always check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting before you book your travel. If you’re planning to travel abroad or want to know more about your Covid-19 status:

For more information on the COVID Pass, visit NHS COVID Pass.


Most religious groups and faith leaders in the UK and throughout the world have been working to address concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine, provide people with evidence-based information, and support individuals in making an informed decision about whether to have the vaccine.

If you have religious concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please discuss them with a trusted faith leader and have a conversation with a clinician at one of our walk in vaccination clinics.

NHS England is also leading an information drive about the vaccinations, including a series of videos in different community languages which can be accessed here:https://www.england.nhs.uk/london/our-work/covid-19-vaccine-communication-materials/ 


Information in different formats and languages

You can translate all the written content on this website by using the language menu in the top right hand corner of this page.

Useful resources are available in many languages and formats, including British Sign Language, which will help you to learn more about the vaccine and how it’s being offered. The handy resources have been produced by the NHS, Public Health England and partners.


Engagement with local communities

We know that in Kingston some of our communities are less likely to take up the offer of the vaccine than other groups.

We’re engaging with local communities to give people the chance to ask local experts about the vaccine so that they can make informed decisions and we can understand any concerns they may have.

We have been working with Richmond Council and the voluntary sector to support vaccination pop up clinics over the last few weeks at Richmond Adult Community College in central Richmond, Heathfield Primary School and last weekend at Queens C of E School in Kew.  We’d like to thank local residents who have been volunteering as marshals at the clinics. We have also supported the door knocking campaign where a team has been out and about in the local area ahead of the pop up clinic, leafleting and speaking to residents on their doorstep – promoting the clinic, sharing information and answering questions about the vaccine and how to book your vaccine appointment.

We are pleased to confirm Healthwatch Richmond as the host for our NHS Covid 19 community VCS small grants outreach scheme. This is for local community groups, organisations and businesses working in the borough to apply for a small pot of funding to reach communities experiencing health inequalities and who have lower uptake of the vaccine.

We continue to work with our local vaccination team, and health and care partners to understand where take up is low in our borough so we can target engagement where it is needed and to reach our underserved communities to ensure no one is left behind in the at-risk groups.

To find out more about local engagement, you can read the Kingston Communications and Engagement Plan.

If you’d like to attend a local COVID-19 vaccination event or find out more, email getinvolved@swlondon.nhs.uk  



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