COVID-19 vaccination

Everyone aged 12+ is eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15

All children aged 12-15 are now eligible to have their vaccine. The vaccination will be delivered through a schools-based vaccination programme, which NHS England is coordinating directly with school immunisation providers.

If your child missed their vaccination when the team visited their school, or if you would prefer to book at a large scale vaccination centre rather than wait until your child’s school is visited, you can book an appointment for them via the National Booking Services or by calling 119.

At this stage, most children aged 12-15 will be offered one dose of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15 who have a condition that puts them at higher risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed

Children aged 12-15 who either have a condition that puts them at higher risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, are eligible for two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Children in this group who attend a special school will be offered a second vaccination at their school by the school immunisation provider. Alternatively, parents of children in this group will have received a letter from the local NHS which can be taken to a selection of large scale vaccination centres in our area to access the second dose.

Vaccinations for people aged 16+

You can get your vaccination at a local walk-in venue or book your appointments online on the NHS website, or by calling 119. Most people aged 16 or 17 are eligible for one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; everyone aged 18+ is eligible for two doses.

Walk-in vaccination clinics

If you’d like to walk in to get your vaccine, you can visit the Vaccinators on tour website to find a venue near you.

Beware of scams

Please be aware of coronavirus vaccine scams. Further information is available online.


An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.

You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.

You can get an NHS COVID Pass in a digital format for travel or going to domestic venues or events. You can get a paper NHS COVID Pass letter for travel.

Find out more on the NHS website.

Planning your journey to your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

There are a number of community transport schemes and taxi firms available to help with transport to vaccination appointments. Please click on the link below to enter your details and find out about transport options available to you.

The form above will take you through to the options available in your local area or direct you to support if you need help to pay for transport to your appointment.

If you need help completing the form, call us on 0345 045 5219 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and we can help you to identify the transport options in your area.

Caring Together is providing free support for carers to attend their COVID-19 vaccination. Find out more on the Caring Together website.

Social Care Staff and Personal Assistants

Help protect yourself. Get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can.

As a colleague working in frontline health or social care – including those working in the independent and voluntary sector, contracted services, and students and trainees on placements - you are at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Advice for colleagues who have not yet received their first dose

Frontline health and social care workers who have not yet received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, including new colleagues, can access the vaccine by booking online through the national booking service on the NHS website or by ringing 119.

If you were under 40 years old on 30 March 2021, you will not be offered appointments for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. There may be fewer appointments available or you may have to travel further.

Accessing your second dose

National guidance states that the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will usually be 8 weeks after the first dose. Whilst the first dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offer good levels of protection, to get maximum protection from COVID-19 everyone will need to get a second dose.

If you received your first vaccination dose in a hospital hub or through a local GP-led vaccination service, you will be contacted to arrange your second appointment in due course. Systems are in place to ensure that the NHS contacts you again when the time is right for you to have your second vaccine dose.

However, if it is now at least 8 weeks since you had your first dose and you have not yet received an invitation to have your second vaccine, please do contact the GP you are registered with. Your GP will be able to mark your record to indicate that you need to be contacted to be offered your second dose.

You can receive your second dose of the vaccine from any local walk-in vaccination centre, even if you have received your first dose from a GP clinic or via the NHS booking system. Two doses are needed to provide maximum protection from Covid-19. You just need to make sure there is at least 8 weeks between your two doses.  To find your nearest walk-in centre go to the Vaccinators on tour website.

Please support our NHS teams at this time by only contacting your GP if you have not heard from the NHS after at least 8 weeks have passed since your first dose.

If you booked your vaccination appointments through the National Booking Service, you will have been asked to arrange both appointments at the time of booking. You can remind yourself of the time and place of your second dose using the “manage my appointments” section on the NHS website.

Ensuring our fantastic staff are kept safe is an extremely high priority for us, but in addition to that, by getting the vaccine you can protect yourself from the virus so you can continue to be there for your family, friends, and those you care for.

The vaccine is our best defence against this virus, and the key to a return to normal life. It is important to remember that until more people are vaccinated, and the virus is in retreat, we must maintain our efforts to keep ourselves and those we work with safe. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is crucial that we all continue to follow all of the guidance on preventing the spread of the virus in the workplace, and outside of it.

As people who work directly with some of those who are most vulnerable, we have a collective duty both to protect ourselves for their sake, and to lead by example.

So please join us in taking this important step and get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are invited to. Thank you for your continued hard work for those who count on us.

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