Coronavirus vaccination rollout

There are now 3 safe vaccines which will protect you from coronavirus, available free of charge from the NHS.

They’ve been through rigorous clinical trials, tested on hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and have finally been approved by the British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Thousands of people across Hackney have already been vaccinated, and over 200 million people across the world have now safely received a vaccine. You’ll be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn – either by letter or by a phone call from your GP to book your appointment.

Priority for coronavirus vaccination

The order of priority for coronavirus vaccination is:

  • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  • people 80+ and frontline health and social care workers
  • 75 years of age and over
  • 70+ and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • 65+
  • anyone from 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality / people with learning difficulties / unpaid carers
  • 60+
  • 55+
  • 50+

What you can do now

  • if you’ve been invited to receive the vaccine, please book your appointment as soon as possible
  • if you’re over 60 and haven’t been contacted please speak to your GP or book your appointment – all other groups are being asked to wait until they are contacted directly
  • if you’re eligible for a flu jab and haven’t had it yet, book yours now – you need to leave 7 days between getting a flu vaccine and a Covid-19 vaccine
  • if you’re an unpaid carer and receive carers allowance, you can book your appointment now. If you don’t receive carers allowance, you can book an appointment through your GP
  • be aware of scams – the NHS will never ask you for your bank details
  • make sure any information you share about the vaccine comes from a trusted source such as

Health and social staff and carers

  • frontline health and social care staff and employers (as defined by NHS guidance) working in Hackney who have not been contacted about booking a vaccination should email with their details
  • if you are a carer employed via direct payments, contact us on or 020 8356 2354 to receive a coronavirus vaccination request form. You can also register as a carer with your GP to receive the vaccine

Watch local Hackney GP Dr Opat get his coronavirus vaccination

Vaccination sites in Hackney

You can’t attend a vaccination site without an appointment.

In Hackney there are 4 vaccination sites:

  • John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes
  • Bocking Street Vaccination Centre, Hackney Central
  • Mare Street
  • Clapton

Some residents will also be invited to attend the mass vaccination centres at:

  • Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford
  • Excel Centre, Canary Wharf

Local health and care workers may also be offered a vaccination through local Barts or Homerton Hospitals.

Those that have the first vaccine will be invited back for a second dose to help them be fully protected from coronavirus.

Vaccination FAQs

Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health answers some common questions on the Covid-19 vaccine

Page updated on: 1 March 2021