Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations
How to get your COVID-19 vaccine
In England, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. Locally there are also ‘walk-in’ vaccinations clinics during the day, evening and at weekends where no appointment is needed.
Young people aged 16 and 17, and children aged 12 to 15 who are eligible, will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to book their vaccination appointments. Some local walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17.
If you’re 18 or over (or will turn 18 within 3 months) you can also book an appointment through the national booking service at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy. If you cannot book online, you can call 119 free of charge, which is open 16 hours a day (from 7am until 11pm), seven days a week. 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.
When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are recommended for you based on your age, any underlying health conditions, and whether you’re pregnant.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Text messages from the NHS will show as being sent from NHSvaccine and will only link to the NHS.uk website. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details, your PIN or banking password, or ask you to press a button on your keypad.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
For more information about the vaccine, please visit the NHS website – www.nhs.uk or have a look at these frequently asked questions.
- You can read answers to frequently asked questions for children and young people here.
- You can read answers to frequently asked questions about booster COVID-19 vaccinations here.
While there are cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, there is a risk you can catch it or pass it on. You could still catch or spread it even if you’re fully vaccinated. Please continue to follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) (opens in a new window).
Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine
The Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations (JCVI) has updated its guidance for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. It has recommended that people under 40 are offered an alternative vaccination where available and where this will not cause delays to people having the vaccine. You can read and download a PDF of the updated leaflet produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have.
Third dose recommended for severely immunosuppressed
The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.
Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.
NHS to start roll-out of booster vaccinations
From Monday 20 September 2021, the NHS in Bradford District and Craven will start to deliver vaccine boosters. This is to help top up the protection for people most at risk as we approach the winter months. In line with the recommendations of the Joint Committee for Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI), these will be offered to the following people who are at greatest risk.
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and adult carers
- adult household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed
If you are eligible for a booster, you will be contacted by either your NHS GP practice or the NHS National Booking Service when it is your turn. We will be working through groups in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme, starting with care home residents and staff, frontline health and care workers and people aged 80 and over. It will also need to be at least six months since your second dose, so some people will not be contacted until the New Year.
Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment; we will be in touch when it is your turn to have your booster.
Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
On Monday 13 September 2021, the Government accepted the advice of the four chief medical officers (CMOs) to offer a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all healthy 12-15-year-olds.
The NHS is working with partners and school immunisation services to deliver this in secondary schools and letters will start to be sent to parents or guardians of children aged 12-15 with further details from next week. You will also be asked to provide consent for your child to receive the vaccination, either through an online or a paper form. Children do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated.
At this time, CMOs advise that 12-15 year olds should be offered a first dose only. This will be of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which is the only vaccine currently authorised in the UK for children aged 12-15.
The recommendation for children aged 12-15 at greater risk of serious COVID-19, or who are household contacts of severely immunosuppressed people, remains that they be offered two doses. These children will have already been contacted by their GP and will not be included in the school programme
People who have a specific immunosuppressive condition as set out in JCVI guidance should have three doses in their primary schedule. These will be arranged by their consultant or GP.
- You can read and download a PDF of the leaflet produced by Public Health England and the NHS for children and young people to answer any questions you may have (opens in a new window)
- You can read and download an Easy Read PDF version of the leaflet produced by Public Health England and the NHS for children and young people (opens in a new window)
Information for people with health conditions
The following charities have worked with the NHS to produce advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and certain health conditions. If you have a health condition that means you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, or you are an adult carer, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination appointment.
- Asthma: Asthma UK: coronavirus – what should people with asthma do now?
- Cancer: Macmillan: coronavirus vaccine for people living with cancer
- Diabetes: Diabetes UK: coronavirus vaccines and diabetes
- Epilepsy: Epilepsy Action: coronavirus and epilepsy
- Heart disease: British Heart Foundation: coronavirus vaccine – your questions answered
- HIV: Terrence Higgins Trust: coronavirus vaccine guidance for people living with HIV
- Kidney disease: Kidney Care UK: coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for patients with kidney disease
- Learning disabilities: Mencap: coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
- Liver disease: British Liver Trust: update for people with liver disease on the COVID-19 vaccine
- Lung conditions: British Lung Foundation: coronavirus vaccine – what people with lung conditions need to know
- Lupus: Lupus UK: lupus and COVID-19 vaccination
- Multiple sclerosis (MS): MS Society: MS and the COVID-19 vaccines
- Sickle cell: Sickle Cell Society: learn about the COVID-19 vaccine