Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Vaccination - getting a 1st, 2nd or booster jab

Anyone who gets coronavirus (COVID-19) can become seriously ill or have long-term effects ('long COVID'). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

Anyone aged 5 years-old or older can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to GOV.UK: coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years.

Anyone aged 16 years-old or older, and some children aged 12 years-old to 15 years-old, can get a 3rd dose as a booster.

Anyone aged 5 years-old or older who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose, and a 4th dose as a booster.

The government is providing more booster doses from autumn 2022, starting with people who are aged 50 years-old or over, or at higher risk, or pregnant, or who are frontline social care or health workers. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to come forward for your booster. Go to GOV.UK: a guide to COVID-19 vaccination boosters from autumn 2022.

It's important you come forward as soon as possible when it's your turn. For maximum protection, your COVID-19 vaccination booster must be at least 3 months after your previous dose.

For more on who can get vaccinated, go to NHS: who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

Be alert for scam messages offering you the option to pay for a vaccination – a genuine message from the NHS will never ask for bank account or financial details.

NHS walk-in clinics, pop-up clinic and vaccination bus

NHS pop-up clinics and the vaccination bus are drop-in services that provide the vaccine at different locations around Thurrock. You don't need to book in advance.

You can go to pop-up clinics at the following times and places. Booster doses are available only for those eligible, aged 18 years-old and over.

Where Days Times
East Tilbury library, Princess Avenue, East Tilbury, RM18 8ST Every Thursday until 27 October 10:30am to 3;30pm, or when vaccines run out
Thurrock Health Centre, 55-57 High Street, Grays, RM17 6NB Every Saturday until 29 October 10am to 3pm, or when vaccines run out

You can go to the vaccination bus at the following times and places.

Where Days Times
IKEA, Lakeside Retail Park, Heron Way, Grays, RM20 3WJ Every Friday until 28 October 10am to 3pm, or when vaccines run out

You can find lists of all local walk-in clinics at NHS Mid and South Essex: walk-in vaccination clinics. You don't need to be registered with a GP to use these clinics.

If you prefer, you can book an appointment at a large vaccination centre or a smaller site, such as a community pharmacy. You can book your appointment online with the NHS using the form below, or by phoning 119.

The website and phone lines can get busy so you may be held in a queue for a short time. Please be patient and keep trying.

NHS: book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

Vaccination safety

Our vaccination safety page has lots more information to answer any questions you may have, including concerns about:

  • vaccine side effects
  • vaccine ingredients
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • fertility

Types of vaccines

It's not always possible provide certain types of vaccine, even if they've been advertised for a vaccination session. Staff and volunteers at vaccination sites are trained to answer your questions and concerns. If a clinician has advised you to have a certain type of vaccine, you should either:

  • bring their letter or email to the vaccination site
  • book an appointment for your vaccination via the national booking system

If you were vaccinated outside of England

If you are aged 16 years-old or older and have a NHS number, you can book an appointment to show evidence of any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had outside of England. The NHS can then update your vaccination record.

Go to NHS: tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad.

COVID-19 symptoms and testing

Do not attend an appointment or go to a walk-in site if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 28 days prior to your appointment, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

For advice on living safely, go to GOV.UK: living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

Our amazing NHS volunteers

Over 1,000 volunteers are helping to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) across Mid and South Essex, but many more are needed. You can give as little or as much time as you want. To find out more, go to NHS Mid and South Essex: how to volunteer.

It's only possible to vaccinate millions of people across the UK thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many amazing teams that run testing sites, vaccination sites, GP practices and hospitals. Please be kind to them!