The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.
The NHS is doing an excellent job at getting the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out. The vaccine has been delivered in hundreds of hospital hubs, local GP-led services and care homes, at the same time as providing care to all those who need it.
COVID-19 booster vaccine
You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:
- aged 50 and over
- aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
- a frontline health or social care worker
You'll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it's been at least 6 months (180 days) since your 2nd dose of the vaccine.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 12 or over.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are given in 2 doses. You usually have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose.
People aged 18 and over
If you're aged 18 or over (or will turn 18 within 3 months) you can:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.
Booking your 2nd dose
You'll usually need to book a 2nd dose for 8 to 12 weeks after your 1st dose.
- If you book online, you'll be asked to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to.
- If you're 18 or over and have your 1st dose at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your 2nd COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. You'll need to wait 24 hours after your 1st dose before you can book.
- If you have your 1st dose through your GP surgery, you'll be contacted when it's time to book your 2nd dose.
Young people aged 16 and 17
Young people aged 16 and 17 will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to book their 1st dose of the vaccine.
Some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. You can check if a site is available near you.
Children aged 12 to 15
All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered.
Most children will be given their vaccine at school.
Don't fall victim to a vaccine scam
There have been reports of scams circulating relating to the vaccination, please remember the following:
- the vaccine is free of charge
- the NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details
- the NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password
- the NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine
- the NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
- if you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
- if you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge
- if you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
A leaflet has been created to help you identify scams and protect yourself against them.