West Essex Covid-19 Vaccination Walk-in Centres

Frequently Asked Questions
Only you can decide whether you want to get the Covid-19 vaccine. It’s your choice. So, before you get your jab, here’s some frequently asked questions that might help you with your decision.

How can I get my booster vaccine?

You'll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it's been at least 6 months (182 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.

Call 119 or book online - NHS national booking

Why do the NHS recommend the COVID-19 vaccination?


It protects you. It’s the only way to make sure your body can fight the virus.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?


Everyone aged 12 or over. Anyone aged 16 and over can visit one of our walk-in vaccination centres.

My child is aged between 12-15 years, how can I get them vaccinated?


Parents and carers of children aged 12-15 years old can either wait to be contacted with further information or can now book online.  Please see the 12-15 page for more information.

What are the side effects?

Mild side effects may include:
· a sore arm where the needle went in
· feeling tired
· a headache
· feeling achy
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

Can you catch Covid from the vaccine?


No. The vaccines do not contain COVID-19 and cannot give you the virus. They are made using a modified form of the coronavirus which stimulates the body’s natural defences so that it can defend itself against infection.

Which vaccine will I be given?

We are currently offering the Pfizer vaccination in our west Essex Covid-19 vaccine sites.

Will there be any restrictions if I don’t get vaccinated?

The government are no longer introducing COVID passports, however individual events and venues may apply different rules. You could potentially face restrictions relating to travelling abroad or attending crowded places like festivals, nightclubs or spectator sporting events. The guidelines are changing all the time, visit gov.uk for the latest information.

Can I get a vaccine if I’m not registered with a GP practice?

Yes. There are walk-in vaccine sites throughout west Essex. No appointment or ID required.

If I’ve had COVID-19, do I need to have the vaccine?

Yes. You can have the vaccine 28 days after a positive COVID-19 test or 28 days after your symptoms started.

How does the vaccine work?

It trains your immune system to recognise COVID-19 and defend against it.

Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe?

Yes, independent medicines experts have said that the vaccines in use in the UK are safe and very effective.


Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?

There is no data to say it affects fertility. Many women have become pregnant after having the vaccine.

Can I have the vaccine if I’m pregnant?

Yes. Having the vaccine is the safest way to protect you and your unborn baby.
We are currently offering all pregnant women the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.  For more information on pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine visit - Healthier Futures


How effective are the vaccines?

The vaccine makes it much less likely that you will get ill from COVID-19.


How long do they take to work?

It takes about 3 weeks after your first vaccination for it to start to protect you.

Do I need 2 doses?

Yes, if you are aged 18 or over, you will need the second dose to get longer lasting protection. People aged 12 to 17 will get one dose.

What about the vaccine’s ingredients?

The vaccine does not contain any animal products, egg, or foetal cells.

If I’ve had the vaccine, can I still infect other people?

We don’t know yet if the vaccine stops you from passing on the virus. It is important to carry on social distancing and washing your hands.

Will I need a booster jab?

Booster jabs will be given to people over 50 and those over 16 with underlying health conditions. Visit: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/covid-19-vaccination-information for more information.

Where do I go to get vaccinated?

There are several walk-in locations throughout west Essex available to those aged 16 and above. Check the myhealthessex.co.uk website for current locations and times.

Weren’t BAME groups underrepresented in vaccine trials?


The vaccine trials included a cross section of different people, ages and ethnicities.

For more information about the vaccine, including local walk-in sessions and frequently asked questions, go to www.covid.healthierfuture.org.uk


There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the COVID-19 vaccines. So, we’ve tackled some questions to help keep you in the know. Visit nhs.uk for more information.