COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccinations

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Vaccines go through all the clinical trials and safety checksthat other licensed medicines go through.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against COVID-19.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered to:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • some people aged 70 and over
  • some people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

If you've been sent a letter you can book your vaccination appointments online here.

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.  A leaflet explaining why you may have to wait for the coronavirus vaccine is available to download here.

How can I get a vaccination?

Please do not turn up to at a vaccination centre unless you have been invited by your GP or the NHS and have booked an appointment.

You may receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre.  You have the choice of going ahead and booking an appointment at one of these sites. Or alternatively, you can wait to be contacted by your own GP practice. They will be in touch as soon as an appointment slot is available at a vaccination site closer to your home.  Each GP site is working through relevant patient lists as quickly as possible, as vaccine supplies are delivered. They are working hard on this, and it may take a few weeks.

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you
  • when they do contact you, please attend your booked appointments
  • please continue to follow all the national guidance including HANDS, FACE and SPACE to control the spread of the virus and save lives – even after you have had a vaccination

Once you have a vaccination appointment please arrive on time, don’t arrive early. This may feel like you’re being helpful but the times are set to ensure social distancing is observed at all times to keep you safe.

Priority groups

There will be enough COVID-19 vaccines for everyone. Patients are being prioritised for the vaccine according to the national criteria below. More information about the criteria is available here

  • Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers 
  • All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  • All those 75 years of age and over
  • All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • All those 65 years of age and over
  • All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over

When it is the right time you will receive an invitation to come forward.

More information

  • Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination here.
  • Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination can be found here.
  • Information about COVID-19 eligibility and vaccine supplies - 'why are you being asked to wait?' can be found here.
  • Help and advice for women of childbearing age who are currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding can be found here.

Last Updated: 16 March 2021