Richmond COVID-19 vaccination programme

Last updated: 30 September 2021

Are you or your child aged 12 or over?
Book your COVID-19 vaccination online now

If you or your child are aged 12 or over, a carer or have an underlying health condition, call 119 or visit 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?

Anyone aged 16 and over can now get their COVID-19 vaccination. Eligible children aged between 12 and 15 can also receive their jab. For further details on whether your child is eligible, click the link below.

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 walk-in clinics in south west London – but not everyone is eligible, so please check the clinic details before deciding to go.

Weekly update

We continue to work hard with our partners to vaccinate our residents, with walk-in and pop up services available for those who are eligible for a first dose. At some of our sites this has now extended to those eligible for their second dose too.

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.

Eligible people can also continue to book first and second appointments through the national booking system.

Read more in our weekly borough update

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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: 

Getting tested if you don’t have symptoms

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. You can get a free rapid COVID-19 test at a local site in Richmond, and get the results the same day, usually within 30 minutes. This is called lateral flow testing.

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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 Richmond some 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 partners including Kingston Council and the voluntary sector to run walk-in vaccine pop up clinics over the last few weeks at Kingston Mosque, Chessington Sports Centre, The Kingston Academy and the New Malden United Reformed Church.  Volunteers from the mosque did a leaflet drop and spoke to residents in the neighbourhood ahead of the clinic on Friday 25 June.  During July 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 engaged with local residents and had an information stall at the Summer of Fun event held on 8 July, in partnership with Kingston Council.

We continue to work with Healthwatch, the Council’s community engagement team and our local voluntary and community sector to find opportunities to reach into local communities including our black and minority ethnic communities.

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

If you would like to attend a local COVID-19 vaccination event or find out more, email      

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For the latest coronavirus updates, and information from your area, please visit Richmond Council.