Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated Tuesday 21 December 2021

The latest information about COVID-19 is available on the NHS website at (opens in a new window).

COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against COVID-19. Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine on the website (opens in a new window).



The COVID-19 vaccinations cannot protect you from catching the virus. However, having the COVID-19 booster will help to improve and extend the protection against serious illness and hospitalisation provided by your first doses of the vaccine.

  • Most people should have their booster three months after their second vaccination.
  • Immunosuppressed people should have their booster three months after their third vaccination.
  • You will be contacted by the NHS two months after your second vaccination to let you know that you can book your booster on the NHS national booking service in a month’s time.
  • If you prefer to visit a walk-in clinic for your booster, you will be able to do this one month after you hear from the NHS.

It is extremely important that if you are eligible for a booster vaccination you have one, to help you to avoid becoming seriously ill if you catch COVID-19.

Walk-in vaccination clinics

Walk-in vaccination clinics offer first, second and booster doses during the day, evening and at weekends. Details of the dates, addresses, minimum ages for vaccinations and the types of vaccinations offered are published at: (opens in new window). These details are updated daily and are published for the week ahead.

You can visit the walk-in centre without having:

  • an appointment
  • an NHS number
  • being registered with a GP.

COVID-19 symptoms and what you should do


Recovery after COVID-19

Recovering from COVID-19 can have a major impact on both your mind and body and it may take some time to come to terms with the after-effects. These changes should get better over time and for some people the recovery may take longer than for others.

There are things you can do to help to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. It is important to know that everybody will experience recovering from COVID-19 differently.

The Your COVID Recovery website (opens in a new window) will help you with this and provide information to support and reassure you and your family and friends.

What to do if you need medical help

Use the 111 online coronavirus service (opens in a new window) if:

  • you’re worried about your symptoms
  • you’re not sure what to do

Visit the NHS.UK website if you need information about other services (opens in a  new window)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information in other languages

Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is published in other languages by the independent humanitarian movement ‘Doctors of the World‘ (opens in a new window).

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