COVID rules are relaxing, but we still all need to take precautions and protect ourselves, our friends and loved ones. Vaccination is still the best protection we have against the Omicron variant. Without it, risks of serious illness remain.
If you are yet to have your first or second doses, or haven't got round to having the booster yet, it is not too late. After all, it takes minutes to get your COVID-19 booster, but it can take much longer to recover from COVID-19. Book or walk in to one of Barnet's vaccine sites today.
As of now:
- 16 and 17 year olds can now book a booster dose online
- 12-15 year olds at higher risk of severe illness can book booster online
Appointments for 12-15 year olds are now available on the National Booking Site and walk-in appointments are also available in Barnet (see below).
You can book your child's 1st dose online from the day they turn 12. You can usually book their 2nd dose from 24 hours after they had their 1st dose. You'll be offered appointment dates from 12 weeks after their 1st dose.
For more information on vaccines for 12 - 15 year olds, visit the NHS website.
It is not too late to get your vaccine even if you have not yet had your first dose. It is safe even if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a baby in future. Everyone aged 16 and over can get two doses of a vaccine.
You need to wait four weeks (28 days) before booking if you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, starting from the date you had the test.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine
If you’re aged 16 or over you can:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
If you cannot book appointments 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.
How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine
You can book an appointment online if it’s been 2 months since you had your second dose. You will be offered an appointment from 3 months after the date of your second dose.
Plus, you can get your booster dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site if it’s been 3 months since you had your second dose.
Walk-in centres in Barnet
Second doses for those aged 18+ can be given 8 weeks after the first dose. Second doses for people aged 12 – 17 can be given from 12 weeks after the first dose. Boosters for those aged 18+ can be given from 3 months after the second dose.
Cullimore Chemist, 13-15 Glengall Road, HA8 8TB.
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm,
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Gateway Chemist 334A Regents Park Road, N3 2LN.
Monday to Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm and 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm.
Sunday 23 January, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Lane End Medical Group (12-15 year old clinic) 2 Penshurst Gardens, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9GJ.
Wednesday 26 January 9:00am – 12:00pm
Mango Pharmacy 98 High Street, Edgware, London, HA8 7HF.
Monday to Friday 9:00am – 12:45pm and 2:15pm -5:45pm.
Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Sunday 10:00am – 1:00pm
You can visit any walk-in clinic that is convenient to you – your nearest option might be in a different borough. See the Grab a Jab site for more options. 16 and 17 year olds can go to any clinic listed as open to people aged 16 and over.
Please check the website before setting off, as changes are made on a regular basis.
Want to get the jab but afraid of needles?
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and the best protection against coronavirus. But what if you want to have the jab, but you’re scared of needles?
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. The charity Anxiety UK estimates that up to 10% of UK adults have some degree of needle phobia.
The good news is, NHS vaccination teams have lots of experience of helping nervous patients get their jabs – so please let them know about any worries you have on arrival.
Want more reassurance? Read this excellent article which is full of practical advice.
Protect yourself against flu too
Finally, don't forget to get your flu vaccine too, to make sure you are fully protected.
Flu vaccination is important because:
- more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
- if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
- getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses
If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.
Where to get the flu vaccine
You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:
- your GP surgery
- a pharmacy offering the service
- your midwifery service if you're pregnant
- a hospital appointment
If you do not have your flu vaccine at your GP surgery, you do not have to tell the surgery. This will be done for you.