COVID-19 vaccine information
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against the virus. We are currently offering the COVID-19 (Pfizer & AstraZeneca) vaccine to people according to the government guidelines.
How do I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
We are currently running both a Pfizer walk-in service and appointment-led vaccination service for those who are eligible at Shirley House, on Hospital Way within Croydon University Hospital. AstraZeneca is being administered at Woodcroft Wing vaccination clinic for appointment only. To get a vaccine you must be within the Government's current eligibility criteria. You must bring photographic ID with you when you visit and a workplace ID if you are an NHS or health and care worker.
The easiest way to book a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.
Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Meanwhile, we should all continue to adhere to the suggested government guidelines and remember hands, face, space, fresh air – please visit the Gov.uk website for more information on the national guidelines.
How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:
- GOV.UK: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA
- GOV.UK: Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA
- GOV.UK: Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 approved by MHRA
We want you to feel as safe and comfortable about receiving the vaccine as possible so why not pop down to your local vaccine clinic, where you will greeted by a welcoming staff member who will be able to answer any questions you have. Alternatively, you can click here to find out more information about the safety of the vaccine and who should get the COVID jab, to help you make an informed decision.