Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are now available for:
- Everyone aged 16 or over
- Children aged 12-15 who will be offered the vaccine through their schools
You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to have a COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine is free and you will need to be registered with a GP. If you have never had NHS care or treatment, you can register with a GP.
You can find your NHS number online by logging in to:
- the NHS App (you'll need to register if you have not used it before)
- the NHS Find Your NHS Number service
- some GP online services
The following vaccines are available in the UK
- Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – suitable for those under 40 years old
- Moderna vaccine – suitable for those 16+ years old
You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.
Note: We are unable to provide your second vaccine less than 8 weeks after your first vaccine. If you try to get your second vaccine dose before 8 weeks, your appointment may be cancelled and you will be turned away from a vaccination clinic.
Who cannot have the vaccine?
The vaccines do not contain living organisms, and so are safe for people with disorders of the immune system. These people may not respond so well to the vaccine. A very small number of people who are at risk of COVID-19 cannot have the vaccine – this includes people who have severe allergies.
If you have severe allergies please contact your GP to discuss further.
Can I get the vaccine if I’ve had Covid-19 recently or if I have Covid-19 symptoms?
You need to wait until you feel better and for at least 4 weeks after your symptoms started, or from the date of your positive test.