COVID-19 vaccinations and Redbridge vaccination bus schedule

Vaccinations in Redbridge

Everyone over 16 is now eligible to book the COVID-19 vaccination appointment by:

  • booking via the NHS website 
  • booking by calling 119
  • visiting your local pharmacy - listed here
  • visiting one of the local vaccination centres listed below 

COVID-19 Boosters 

The COVID-19 booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine.

It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. 

You can get the COVID-19 booster if you fit into one of the categories below:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

The COVID-19 booster can only be administered six months after your 2nd COVID-19 dose.

Eligible residents will be contacted by the NHS or can book by emailing or calling 0204 506 8833. 

The following pharmacies in Redbridge are offering the COVID-19 Booster vaccination:

  • Britannia Pharmacy, Ilford
  • Mayors Pharmacy, Woodford Green
  • Wanstead Pharmacy

Visit the NHS website to find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine 

Vaccinations for young people and children 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised that young people aged 12-17, who have an underlying health condition, or who live with adults or children who have a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases, should also be offered the vaccination. Read more here.

All aged 16-17, book the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at one of the clinics below by calling

0204 506 8833 or e-mail 

Date  Time 


(all offering the Pfizer vaccine)

To be confirmed shortly    


Redbridge clinics for all: COVID-19 1st and 2nd dose

No proof of address, immigration status or NHS number is required for the pop-up clinics – just confirmation of your age. If you have older or younger relatives who have not yet had their vaccinations, bring them along.

You usually have the second dose 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose. Some people at high risk from COVID-19 can get earlier appointments for their second dose (at 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks). Wait to be contacted if you think you are in this group.

Book your 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine now at one of the clinics below by calling 0204 506 8833.


Date  Time 
(walk-ins 12.30 - 2pm)


(all offering the Pfizer vaccine only)

Thursday 21 October 8am - 5.30pm Sir James Hawkey Hall
Thursday 21 October 9am - 7.20pm (no walk-ins available)  Redbridge Town Hall
Saturday 23 October 8am - 5.30pm  Sir James Hawkey Hall
Sunday 24 October 8am - 5.30pm Sir James Hawkey Hall
Tuesday 26 October 8am - 5.30pm Sir James Hawkey Hall
Thursday 28 October 8am - 5.30pm Sir James Hawkey Hall
Saturday 30 October 8am - 5.30pm Sir James Hawkey Hall

Pharmacies offering COVID-19 1st and 2nd dose

  • Britannia Pharmacy, Horns Road, Ilford

Questions and Answers on the COVID-19 Vaccines

Does this mean people can turn up at vaccination services without an appointment? 

For walk-in clinics, yes.

If it isn't a walk-in clinic, residents will need to make an appointment in advance. This is important because booking slots are carefully managed to allow for social distancing and the number of appointments is based on the supply available that day. 

Do I need to know my NHS number to use the booking website/phone line? 

No. It’s easier if you do have your NHS number, but if you don’t both the NHS booking website and phone line can still book appointments using other details, provided you are registered with a GP practice. 

You can find your NHS number on the NHS App or at  

How will the COVID-19 vaccine be given?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It's given as 2 doses. You will have the 2nd dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the 1st dose.

The second vaccine dose should be with the same vaccine as for the first dose. Switching between vaccines or missing the second dose is not advised as this may affect the duration of protection.

How do I get an NHS number? 

You don't need your NHS number for our walk-in clinics.

If you don’t know your NHS number, you can find out if you have one and what it is at:  

If you don’t have an NHS number this is likely to be because you are not registered with a GP. If this is the case, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.  

What if I book an appointment through the NHS website or 119 and I need to rearrange it? 

If you need to rearrange an appointment that you booked through the NHS website, you can do this through the ‘manage your appointments’ section on the booking page.

If you booked through 119, you can also ring to rearrange your appointment.  

If you can’t attend your appointment for any reason, please cancel or rearrange it so that the appointment slot can be given to someone else who needs it.  

What vaccines for COVID-19 are currently available?

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available. Both vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA. 

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

Most vaccines work by triggering an immune response from a weakened or inactive germ that causes the disease. The Covid vaccine works by giving our body a set of instructions to make a harmless “spike protein” which will create the antibodies and cells required to fight off coronavirus. As there is no whole or live virus involved, the vaccine cannot cause disease.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

Is the NHS confident the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator, has said that all approved vaccines have good safety profiles and offer a high level of protection, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.   

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once they have been authorised and are being used in the wider population.    

Side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Allergic reactions

Tell healthcare staff before you are vaccinated if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to:

  • a previous vaccine
  • a previous dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine
  • some medicines, household products or cosmetics

Serious allergic reactions are rare. If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

You can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme.

Advice if you're of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby.

Women may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. 

You should not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

More information here

Is the AstraZeneca vaccine linked to increased blood clots?

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said "It has not been confirmed that the reports of blood clots were caused by the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine." 

"People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so."

"Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been administered across the UK, and the number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population."

MHRA response to the precautionary suspensions of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca - GOV.UK (

What is in the vaccines? Are they vegan/vegetarian friendly? 

The vaccines do not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products or material of foetal or animal origin. A detailed review of the vaccines and their ingredients have been provided by the MHRA and can be found at the following links:

For the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine information is available here.

For the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine information is available here.

For the Moderna vaccine information is available here.

The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community which can be found here.

More languages have been added to the range of COVID-19 vaccination materials

The following are now available in Arabic, Bengali, Guajarati, Slovak, Punjabi, Somali, Urdu, Albanian, Hindi, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog and Turkish:

All documents relative to the vaccination programme can be found below:

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Sources for FAQs:

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