The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in NW London

Cavendish Health Centre

**UPDATE 24/02/2021**

Over the next few weeks, we will be contacting patients in priority group 8 for their first vaccine.

We have received numerous queries about being in the ‘at risk’ group (priority group 6). If you receive an annual invitation from the NHS for the flu vaccine, you are likely to be in this group. If not, then it is unlikely that you are deemed to be ‘at risk’.

You will receive a text message with instructions on how to book your vaccine. Those in group 5 will be contacted to book on the national booking system for a vaccine in a large scale vaccination centre (eg ExCel Centre or Wembley) or at a pharmacy.

Please note that we are not allowed to book second doses until 12 weeks after the first one.

If you are aged over 70, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment without needing an invitation letter by visiting, or by calling 119, free of charge.

If you are aged over 70, you no longer need a letter to book a vaccination appointment at your local vaccination centre or community pharmacy.

The vaccine will still be available to those in priority groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as well if anyone who hasn’t had their first dose yet changes their mind.

The NHS will contact you when we are able to offer you an appointment, this will either be a letter or phone call from your GP. If you miss the phone call please don’t worry, we will call again or send you a letter.

Please also be aware some people may receive more than one invite. If this happens, please pick the site you would prefer to go for your vaccination and follow the booking-in advice provided. You can ignore the other invites.

There is also a National Booking Service which you can access here. This is only for booking at the large vaccination sites (ExCel, Wembley) and pharmacies, not at the local sites including Lord’s and South Westminster Centre.


The government priority list (correct at the time of writing – 22/01/2021) is:-

1. Residents in a care home for older adults
Staff working in care homes for older adults

2. All those 80 years of age and over
Frontline Health and social care workers

3. All those 75 years of age and over

4. All those 70 years of age and over
Clinically extremely vulnerable ‘shielding’ individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

5. All those 65 years of age and over

6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (in general, these are patients who are on the list for an annual flu vaccine on the NHS)

7. All those 60 years of age and over

8. All those 55 years of age and over

9. All those 50 years of age and over


See this link on guidance for patients who meet the definition of patients on the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) list.

You can find more details here:

More information including FAQs

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (

 NWL CCG’s website