Who can get the Covid-19 vaccine?
Covid-19 vaccines are now available for everyone over 5 years old
The vaccine is free.
You do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to have a Covid-19 vaccine. If you have never had NHS care or treatment, you can register with a GP.
It is helpful to bring your NHS number with you if you have one. 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:
- Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – suitable for those under 40 years old
- Moderna vaccine – suitable for those 16+ years old
- Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
You should have the same vaccine for both of your first two doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose. Boosters are all either Pfizer or Moderna.
Note: We are unable to provide your second vaccine less than 8 weeks after your first vaccine, or your booster less than three months after your last vaccination. If you try to get your vaccines early, 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?
Adults will need to wait for at least 4 weeks (28 days) after your symptoms started, or from the date of your positive test.
Children who are not at high risk from COVID-19, need to wait 12 weeks from when they had symptoms or tested positive before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine.