How to get your COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best possible protection against COVID-19.

It is important to get all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when they are offered to you, to ensure you are as protected as possible.

However, it is not too late to get your vaccine even if you have not yet had your first dose.

If you have already had a COVID-19 vaccine, and your next dose is overdue, the offer to have it remains open to you. Please book your next due dose as soon as possible.

COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended at any stage of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way of protecting you and your baby from the known risks of COVID-19 infection.

What vaccine dose can I get?

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a first and second dose of the vaccine. Everyone aged 16 and over can get a booster dose. Read more about booster doses

  • If you are aged 18 or over, you can get a second dose from 8 weeks after the first dose and a booster dose from 3 months after the second dose.
  • If you are aged 16 -17, you can get a second dose from 12 weeks after the first dose, and a booster dose from 3 months after the second dose.
  • If you are aged 5-15, you can get a second dose from 12 weeks after the first dose.

Find out about vaccines for people at high risk from COVID-19.

To get your COVID-19 vaccine

To get the vaccine:

You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments (to view your appointments and rebook if you need to).

You do not need to have a GP or an NHS number to get the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is free to everyone in the UK. This includes all migrants.

If you don’t have an NHS number you can contact your local GP surgery to organise the vaccine (you can book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient) or attend a COVID-19 vaccination walk-in centre or pop-up centre.

You will never be forced to have the COVID-19 vaccine and it does not affect your asylum or refugee status.

No immigration checks are needed to get tested, treated or vaccinated for COVID-19.

If you’ve recently had COVID-19

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. You need to:

  • wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 18 years old or over
  • wait 12 weeks (84 days) if you’re aged 5 to 17 years old
  • wait 4 weeks (28 days) if you’re aged 5 to 17 years old and at high-risk from COVID-19

This starts from the date you first had symptoms, or the date of the positive test.

Please choose a suitable appointment date when booking. You can also cancel and rebook an existing appointment for a later date if needed.