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Vaccination Update – from the City & Hackney Office of the PCNs

Boosters for City and Hackney Patients

Vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.

COVID Vaccine Booster Image

A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

From Wednesday 15 December anyone over the age of 18 can book an appointment

Third Primary Dose for Immunosuppressed

Following the latest JCVI advice, individuals who are immunosuppressed are eligible to receive a third primary dose 8 weeks+ after their second dose. 

You can book either via text invites which we send, via the National Booking System/119, or you are welcome to walk in to an open vaccination centre. 

Children

All 16-17-year-olds have received an invite from the Recall Centre Team and are being followed up with a call. 

12-15 year olds who are vulnerable to COVID, and those who are household contacts of vulnerable adults, have received a letter via the Call Centre and we are booking appointments. 

Please note the Vaccination Centre will be doing pop ups at all special schools in Hackney.

If you’re aged 12 to 15 you’ll be invited to receive the vaccination via your school or GP but you can now also book an appointment at a local vaccination centre through the NHS website – information for parents about vaccines for 12-15 year olds

Evergreen

As a vaccination programme, we are working to ensure a centre is open every day for eligible patients for a 1st, 2nd 3rd or Booster. Patients can walk in anytime as below:

  • Bocking Street Centre
    3A Bocking Street, E8 3RU: Monday Tuesday Saturday (9am to 6:30pm) and Sunday (9:00am to 12pm)
  • John Scott Health Centre
    220 Green Lanes
    Woodberry Down, N4 2NU: Wednesday Thursday Friday (9am to 6:30pm) and Sunday (2pm to 4pm)

 Booking

You can book directly through Accubook using the link sent to you through the National booking system.  However if needed you can contact the recall team on 02038163644 /02038163641 who will book the the appointments directly with the site of your choice. Note: There is no longer a required gap between flu and covid vaccines

COVID19 Walk In Clinics in HackneyCOVID19 Walk in Clinic details

Pharmacy Clinics: 

  • Bees Pharmacy (199-201 Rushmore Road, E5 0HD) - AstraZeneca-Oxford or Pfizer - Monday-Friday 9am-6.30pm and Saturday 9am-4pm 
  • Boots (120 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BE) - Moderna - Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm - closed for lunch 12noon-1pm
  • Clockwork Pharmacy (398-400 Mare Street, E8 1HP) - AstraZeneca-Oxford - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-7pm and Thursday and Saturday 9am-6pm
  • Day Lewis (75-77 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD) - AstraZeneca-Oxford - Saturdays 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Haggerston Pharmacy (201 Haggerston Road, E8 4HU) - AstraZeneca-Oxford or Pfizer - Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday (from 15 August) 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Murrays Pharmacy (96-98 Murray Grove, N1 7QP) - Moderna - Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Silverfields Pharmacy (141 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS) - AstraZeneca-Oxford or Pfizer - Monday-Saturday 9am-6.30pm
  • Spring Pharmacy (233 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG) - Moderna or Pfizer - Monday-Friday 9.30am-6pm and Saturday 9.30am-5pm

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

  • John Scott Health Centre (220 Green Lanes, N4 2NU) - AstraZeneca-Oxford or Pfizer - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-6.30pm and Sunday 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm
  • St Leonards Hospital Vaccination Centre (Block E, Nuttall Street, N1 5LZ) - Pfizer - Monday-Friday 10am-6pmm and Saturday 12noon-7pm
  • The Vaccination Centre (3a Bocking Street, E8 3RU) - AstraZeneca-Oxford or Pfizer - Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 9am-6.30pm and Sunday 9am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm

Click here to download the flyer.  

For more details about other pop-up community clinics please visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-vaccine 

Worried about the vaccine? 

Download this information in our leaflet 'Should I have the COVID-19 Vaccine'

There’s a lot of information about the vaccine and some of it can be misleading. Perhaps a relative has sent you a video, or a trusted source has told you something that has made you question whether the vaccine is safe or effective.

You're not alone in feeling like this

Misinformation can look like it’s coming from a reputable source, so it's understandable you may have some concerns. This leaflet aims to answer some key concerns you may have.

We want to help you make a well-informed decision.

'I'm worried the vaccine has been rushed through' 

You’re right, the vaccine was developed quickly, but this is because scientists have been studying coronaviruses for many years and so the vaccine development process did not start from scratch.

Because COVID-19 has affected so many people, clinical trials were completed quickly due to international support and tens of thousands of participants were recruited to test the vaccine. The process is just as rigorous and no corners have been cut.

The vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people worldwide and are safe and effective.

'I'm worried the vaccine hasn't been tested on people from ethnic minority backgrounds'

Over 45,000 people were in the trial for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and it was 95% effective across different ages, gender, and ethnic groups.

Similarly, there were no serious safety events related to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Participants are from diverse communities who are healthy or have stable underlying medical conditions.

There is no evidence that either vaccine will work differently in different ethnic minority groups.

'Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?'

No, the vaccine does not have any virus in it. It only contains a component from the virus that will make your body recognise the virus if you ever encounter it in the future (think of it as memory).

If you do pick up the virus in real life, your body will kill the virus straightaway and you shouldn’t feel unwell.

'I'm worried about the side-effects'

Like all vaccines, the covid vaccines can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The most common side-effects of both vaccinations are:

  • Pain and irritation around the vaccination site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever

Most side- effects are mild or moderate and go away within a few days of appearing. If side effects such as pain and/or fever are troublesome, they can be treated by medicines for pain and fever such as paracetamol.

Side-effects from the vaccines are mild, COVID-19 infection can be deadly.

'I'm worried the vaccine won't work against the new strains'

There is no evidence currently that the new strains will be resistant to the vaccines we have, so we are continuing to vaccinate people as normal.

Viruses, such as the winter flu virus, often branch into different strains but these small variations don't mean that vaccines won't work.

Researchers are constantly evaluating the data and in the future, we may need a yearly covid vaccination (like the flu jab) to account for variants.

Vaccines should work again the COVID-19 variants

'I’m worried the vaccine will affect my fertility'

There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility at all.

The vaccines have not yet been tested in pregnancy, so until more information is available, those who are pregnant should not routinely have this vaccine.

The vaccines do not affect fertility

'Will the vaccine change my DNA?'

No, the vaccine will never touch your DNA or genetic material, and as a result, can’t interfere with your genes.

The vaccines do not change DNA.

'Are people from ethnic minorities more likely to get side effects from the vaccine?'

No, there is no evidence that people from ethnic minorities are more likely to get side effects.

People from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to suffer from serious COVID-19 infection, so having the vaccine is really important.

5 reasons why you should have the COVID-19 vaccine:

  1. It's the best protection against serious COVID-19 infection.
  2. It's an important way to help stop the virus from spreading.
  3. You're helping to lessen the risk of virus variants developing.
  4. You're helping to protect not just yourself, but also your family, friends & community.
  5. The quicker you have the vaccine, the quicker we can get back to normality.

That means being able to see your loved ones and enjoying the things you used to.

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