Immunisation and vaccination

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – immunisations and vaccinations

Parents should not delay their children's vaccinations. Going out to get your child immunised is an essential journey under social distancing rules. If you're having trouble getting an appointment, you can also get your baby's immunisation at Grays Health Centre or Tilbury Children’s Centre – phone the Essex NHS EPUT Immunisation Service on 01702 482 830 between 8am and 6pm.

Immunisation services

Immunisation (or vaccination) is a way to protect a person from a particular disease. This is done by administering a substance that helps the body defend itself from the disease if the person comes into contact with it.

In many cases, a vaccine can provide lifelong protection against a disease but sometimes a follow up booster (or extra dose) is needed.

GPs perform the majority of the vaccinations in childhood but HPV (human papilloma virus) jabs and some boosters are given in schools.

More information

To find out more, go to the Patient immunisations or NHS vaccinations websites.