Vaccination for coronavirus
Guy's and St Thomas' is vaccinating patients against coronavirus (COVID-19) in line with the Government's guidelines.
For most children COVID-19 is mild, but those with certain medical conditions can become very unwell and need hospital treatment - they are over seven times more likely to be admitted to intensive care.
Vaccination will help to protect your child from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
COVID-19 autumn and winter boosters
COVID-19 booster vaccinations are now being offered to children aged 6 months and over with a weakened immune system.
Eligible children will be invited to have their vaccination by their GP practice or hospital team.
How to book
Appointments for eligible children and young people can be booked online:
If your child is eligible you can book an appointment using the national booking system on the NHS website. Walk-in appointments are also available but please check the COVID-19 walk-in website for opening times.
If your child is eligible, appointments at Guy’s and Thomas’ need to be booked through the Trust’s vaccination booking system. Appointments for this age group cannot be made through the national booking system.
Where are vaccinations taking place?
Vaccinations will take place in a dedicated vaccination centre for children and young people at our Guy’s Hospital site - Francis House, 9 King’s Head Yard, London, SE1 1NA. Please see a map for details.
Please remember to bring along your red book (personal child health record) to the appointment so that we can record the vaccination in it.
What do we mean by ‘weakened immune’ system?
COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for children with immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including:
- Those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients.
- Genetic disorder affecting the immune system e.g. deficiencies of IRAK-4 or NEMO, complement disorder, SCID)
- Those with haematological malignancy, including leukaemia and lymphoma
- Those receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy
- Those on high or moderate dose corticosteroids
- Those on non-biological oral immune modulating drugs e.g. methotrexate, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine or mycophenolate
- Those with auto-immune disease who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments
- Children who are about to receive planned immunosuppressive therapy should be considered for vaccination prior to commencing therapy
If you have questions about whether your child should have a vaccination please email us at CovidVaccineBookings@gstt.nhs.uk or call 0207 188 4040.
If you are feeling unwell, please wait until you have recovered to have your vaccine.
Find out more about who can get the vaccine.
Find out more about COVID-19 services in south east London.
For more information about vaccinations, including maps and frequently asked questions, visit the Guy’s and St Thomas’ website.
Flu vaccinations for children and young people are available through their GP, school or community clinic. Please visit the NHS website to find out more.
What is it like at our vaccination centre?
We have planned our vaccination centre with children in mind.
When you arrive, you’ll meet our friendly staff.
We will welcome you and your parents or carers.
You’ll be invited to take a seat in our relaxing waiting area.
You can tell us if anything is worrying you about the jab and we can help.
You’ll be invited to our “Pod”, where we have puzzles, comic books and toys. Then, you’ll receive your jab.
You’ll be invited to stay with us for a little while afterwards.
You can have some snacks and we will give you an exciting certificate, which you can put up on your wall at home. You can also have your picture taken and send this to your friends to show them how brave you have been.
If you need more jabs in the future, we’ll be in touch.
Learn more about what it is like to visit our child-friendly vaccination centre.