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Page last update: 31/5/22, 3:25 PM

Since 2020, the COVID-19 vaccine has been our most important protection against the virus, reducing the risk of it being spread and limiting the damage it does to our bodies.

The NHS has given more than 117 million doses of the vaccine in England, including more than 32 million booster and third doses. More than four in five eligible adults have received their booster dose, and around nine out of 10 of eligible people aged 40 and over.

Since the vaccine was first approved in the UK, health and care services have rapidly adapted their approach to respond to new clinical recommendations, to make it the biggest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history.

The latest UKHSA data shows that the COVID vaccine has led to more than 157,000 hospitalisations being avoided.

Learn more about the Covid-19 vaccine on the NHS website (opens in a new window)


COVID-19 Spring Boosters

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in care homes for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system

The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS.

The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time.  Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine


This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had outside of England.

This is so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record.

Find out more about the vaccinated abroad service.

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose and a booster (4th dose).

People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, will be offered a spring booster.

Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

 

If you or your child are aged 5 or over, you can get a 1st and 2nd dose by:

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.

If you're aged 18 or over, you should have your 2nd dose from 8 weeks after your 1st dose.

Most young people aged 16 and 17 should have their 2nd dose from 12 weeks after their 1st dose.

Parents will get information offering them the chance to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated.

Children aged 5 to 15 can:

  • book their vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
  • find a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
  • wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments

Some children may still be offered a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine locally through their school until the end of April 2022.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are advertised on the National Grab a Jab website.

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New sites and times are updated daily

Walk-in appointments are subject to the availability of vaccines. If you are able to book in advance, please do so.

The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK are:

  • Moderna vaccine
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
  • Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
  • Janssen vaccine (not currently available)

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines.

For example:

  • if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines
  • if you're under 18, you'll only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.

Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you've had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.

Watch an NHS YouTube video explaining what's in the COVID-19 vaccines and how they work

 

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them.

Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety

 

You can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • you're pregnant or think you might be
  • you're breastfeeding
  • you're trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

The vaccines you'll be offered depends if you're pregnant and how old you are. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Find out more about pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain egg or animal products.

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine contains a tiny amount of alcohol, but this is less than in some everyday foods like bread.

You can find out about the ingredients in the vaccines currently available in the UK:


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