It's important to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and getting your COVID-19 vaccinations is critical to protect yourself and others against serious illness, hospitalisation, and death.
Even if you are younger, and usually fit and well, you can still get seriously ill from COVID-19 or get longer lasting symptoms from Long COVID like severe fatigue and loss of smell and taste. Long COVID – where COVID-19 causes symptoms that last weeks or months after the initial infection has gone – can affect both younger and older people.
Read more about the symptoms of long-term effects of COVID-19.
All doses of the vaccine will offer strong protection against COVID-19, with your protection increasing the more doses that you have. It’s never too late to get your first dose. The booster dose helps with longer term protection against getting very ill from COVID-19.
The vaccines are safe and free
The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. Millions of people have had a COVID-19 vaccine and the safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored. Reports of serious side effects are very rare.
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety, including information about rare side effects.
The vaccine is free of charge on the NHS. You will never be asked to pay for your vaccine, and you will not be asked for your bank account details at any point.
How to get the vaccine
In Barnet, you can get your vaccine at:
A local pharmacy or vaccination centre by booking online or calling 119.
Who is eligible?
Everyone aged 12 and over, and some children aged 5 to 11, can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine.
Everyone over the age of 16 is also eligible for their booster jab at least 3 months after their second jab.
Everyone aged 75+, residents in care homes for older adults and those aged 12+ with a weakened immune system are eligible for a 4th dose 3-6 months after their 3rd dose.
For more information about which jab you can get and when, read here.
You may have to wait longer to get your vaccine if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
Check NHS guidance before booking your vaccine.