COVID-19 Updates

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  • What are the main symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    The main symptoms are:

    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal

    Other symptoms may be:

    • Chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • What are the side effects of the vaccine?

    It’s common to experience some mild-to-moderate side effects when receiving vaccinations. This is because your immune system is instructing your body to react in certain ways: it increases blood flow so more immune cells can circulate, and it raises your body temperature in order to kill the virus.


    Typical side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, feeling tired, headache, muscle pain, chills, general aches, and diarrhea. The chances of any of these side effects occurring after vaccination differ according to the specific vaccine.


    Individuals should alert their local health providers following vaccination if they experience any unexpected side effects or other health events – such as side effects lasting more than three days. Less common side effects reported for some COVID-19 vaccines have included severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis; however, this reaction is extremely rare.


    You can rest and take the normal dose of paracetamol (follow the advice in the packaging) to help you feel better. Although feeling feverish is not uncommon for 2 to 3 days, a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have COVID-19 or another infection.


    If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, call NHS 111.

  • Where can I get a free rapid COVID-19 test?

    Use this service to order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home:



    You can order one pack per day. A pack contains 7 tests.

  • How do I book my vaccine appointment online?

    If you are eligible, follow this link to book your appointment.

  • Where can I get the vaccine?

    There are three vaccination centers in Harrow:

    • The Hive, Camrose Avenue, London, HA8 6AG
    • Tithe Farm Sports and Social Club, 151 Rayners Lane, Harrow, HA2 0XH
    • Byron Hall, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, HA3 5BD

    These are some other vaccination centers:

    • Health Pharmacy, 392-394 Rayners Lane, London, Pinner, HA5 5DY
    • Healthways Pharmacy, 382 Rayners Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5DY
    • Grimsdyke Golf Course, Oxhey Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 4AL
  • How many doses are required?

    For some COVID-19 vaccines, two doses are required. It is important to get the second dose if the vaccine requires two doses.


    There is usually an interval of 21–28 days (3–4 weeks) between doses. Depending on the vaccine, the interval may be extended for up to 42 days or even up to 12 weeks for some vaccines.


    There are many COVID-19 vaccines being developed and produced by different manufacturers around the world. It is recommended that a vaccine from the same manufacturer be used for both doses if you require two doses.

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