Coronavirus vaccination rollout

There are now 4 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.

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 25 or over you can now book your appointment
  • 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

How to book your second vaccine dose

If you booked your first dose on the NHS website or by calling 119

You should have booked your second dose at the same time and received an email or text message confirming the date. If you walked into one of the sites, you can call 119 or visit the NHS website to arrange a reminder or change the date.

Second dose covid-19 vaccinations are being brought forward for people aged 50 and over and people who are clinically vulnerable – from 12 weeks to 8 weeks after the first dose.

If you had your first dose at the John Scott or Bocking Street Vaccination Centres (or at a pop-up outreach clinic)

You’ll get a phone call or text using the contact details you provided no more than 8 weeks after your first appointment.

If it’s been more than 8 weeks since your first dose, email: or phone 020 7729 7236 with your name, date of birth plus the date and site you attended.

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 a number of vaccination sites:

  • John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney N4 2NU
  • Bocking Street Vaccination Centre, Hackney Central E8 3RU
  • Clockwork Pharmacy, 398-400 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HP
  • Bees Pharmacy, 199-201 Rushmore Road, Clapton, Hackney E5 0HD
  • Silverfields Chemist, 141 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
  • Haggerston Pharmacy, 201 Haggerston Road, E8 4HU
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy – Stoke Newington, Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD

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

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

Plan your journey to the mass vaccination sites.

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: 8 June 2021