Vaccinations against COVID-19 are now being offered to patients across the UK.

You should wait to be contacted and offered an appointment.

The vaccination programme will cover the whole adult population by the end of 2021. People at risk of being most seriously affected by COVID-19 will be vaccinated first. You may need to be patient and wait to be contacted.

All vaccinations will be given for free by the NHS. If you receive a message asking you for money or your financial details in order to be vaccinated, treat it as a scam.

You are not required to have an NHS number in order to get vaccinated, or to present it at your appointment. However, in practice some people are being asked to show it, so if you have one you may wish to take a note of it with you.

Update 14th September

Boosters for adults

Booster vaccinations will be offered to those more at risk from serious disease, and who were vaccinated during Phase 1 of the vaccine programme. This includes:

  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 50 years or over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

The recommendation is that the booster vaccine dose is offered no earlier than six months after the second jab. For people vaccinated early during Phase 1, six months post their second jab is around now.

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation is reccomending the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the booster programme, regardless of which vaccine someone received initially. Alternatively, a half dose of the Moderna vaccine may be offered. Where mRNA vaccines cannot be offered, for example due to allergies, the AstraZeneca vaccine may be considered for those who received it previously.

This advice is separate from, and does not supersede, recent JCVI advice on a third primary dose for the severely immunosuppressed (see 2nd September update). The JCVI will review whether this group requires a further booster at a later date, following completion of their 3-dose primary course.

Jabs for adolescents

People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The  NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme, supported by GPs and community pharmacies. Invitations for vaccination will begin next week. 

Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes. 

Healthy school-aged children aged 12 to 15 will primarily receive their COVID-19 vaccination in their school with alternative provision for those who are home schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings.

Update 2nd September

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is advising that people with severely weakened immune systems should have a third vaccine dose as part of their primary COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

This third dose should be offered to people over 12 who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose, including those with leukaemia, advanced HIV and recent organ transplants. These people may not mount a full response to vaccination and therefore may be less protected than the wider population.

This offer is separate to any potential booster programme, which is yet to be announced by the Government. The JCVI is still deliberating the potential benefits of booster vaccines for the rest of the population and is awaiting further evidence to inform this decision.

Information for people in England

See here for a step-by-step description of what happens when you get a vaccination against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years.

Current vaccination sites are listed here.

If you get a letter inviting you to a large vaccination centre, you can book your appointment online, or someone can do it for you, or you can call 119 for free. The 119 helpline can provide support in different languages.

Some people may receive multiple invitations and have a choice of sites for receiving their vaccination.

Information for people in Scotland

Who will be offered the vaccine. 

For more information about who'll be offered the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, phone the coronavirus vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week). It will not be possible to book or change vaccine appointments via the helpline.

See here for a step-by-step description of what happens when you get a vaccination against COVID-19.

Information for people in Wales

COVID-19 vaccination in Wales.

Information for people in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland vaccines FAQ