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against COVID-19

We’re supporting the NHS vaccination programme.
Find out about COVID-19 and how to book your free NHS
COVID-19 vaccinations, to protect yourself, your loved ones and the NHS.

What is COVID-19 and why get vaccinated?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus. Whilst most people with COVID-19 will have mild or moderate symptoms, it can cause more severe symptoms for older people, people with existing health conditions and pregnant women.

The best way to protect yourself and others is to get your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or any booster doses of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine when you’re eligible.

If you’re looking for a flu vaccination - read more about our flu vaccination service.

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How does it work?

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection, similar to the flu vaccine. You need to be registered with a GP in England to receive the vaccine.

Book your vaccination online

Visit the NHS website to book your free COVID-19 vaccination. Choose a clinic most convenient to you then book an available date and time slot. Appointments take between 10-15 minutes.

Visit your vaccination clinic

Visit your vaccination clinic on the date and time booked.

Receive the necessary aftercare

You’ll be provided with helpful information and your GP will be told that you’ve had a vaccination so they can update your medical records.

How we’re supporting the NHS

We’ve provided over 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations during the pandemic, with our regular COVID-19 and flu vaccination programmes. We’ll let you know when we’re operating further clinics, to help you protect yourself and loved ones by getting the vaccinations you need.

Visit the NHS booking system to find your nearest vaccination clinic.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination or booster?

The most elderly and vulnerable groups will be invited first - please wait for your invitation.

You can have the Autumn Booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • are aged 50 years and over
  • are a frontline health and social care worker
  • are aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group
  • are aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • are a carer aged 16 to 49 years
  • are a resident in a care home for older adults or are staff working in care homes for older adults

You can book your first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • are aged 12 years old or older (all adults are eligible to receive the initial doses of the vaccine)
  • are aged 5-11 years old, as of 31st August 2022.

Children who turned 5 on or after 1 September 2022 can only get a 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if they:

  • are aged 5-11 years old and are at high risk due to a health condition or because of a weakened immune system
  • are aged 5-11 years old and are living with someone who has a weakened immune system

Please note you can also book additional doses of the primary vaccines (a 3rd dose and 4th in some cases) if you have a severely weakened immune system and are aged 5 years old or over

You can receive a first booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • are aged 16 years old and over

You can book a Autumn booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • are aged 50+
  • are aged 5+ in a risk group, including those with a weakened immune system and their household contacts
  • are a frontline health or social care workers (aged 16+)
  • are a carer (aged 16+)
  • are a resident or staff in a care home for older adults

COVID-19 vaccinations FAQs

All of the COVID vaccines being used in the UK are very likely to prevent you from getting COVID-19 symptoms if you are exposed to the virus, and even if you do catch the virus and display symptoms, it is much less likely that someone fully vaccinated would need to go to hospital.

To maintain this high level of protection through the colder months and the flu season, a booster jab is advised for those at greater risk from COVID-19, to prolong the protection and reduce the chance of serious disease this winter.

Yes. There is no reduction in immune response to either vaccine when they are given at the same time, and it is safe to administer both injections together; they will usually be given in different arms. It is highly recommended to book both your booster and flu vaccine as soon as possible and ahead of the winter months, to protect yourself from the complications and the risk of serious illness from both these viruses. Having COVID and flu at the same time significantly increases the risk of death, so vaccination is especially important this winter.

You can book your flu jab here or speak to a member of the team at our clinics when you attend your COVID booster appointment.

The NHS advises that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (which now also has a brand name, “Comirnaty”) should be given for the booster dose, regardless of which vaccine type you received for your previous doses; clinical trials have shown this is well tolerated and provides a strong booster response.

Alternatively, a half dose of the Moderna vaccine may be given; or if you’re unable to receive either of these vaccines, for example due to allergies, the AstraZeneca vaccine may be given to those who received it previously.

Moderna have also introduced a new dual vaccine (called Spikevax) which tackles both the original Covid virus and the newer Omicron variant, which has been approved by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

It's best to wear clothing that will allow easy access to the upper arm - the injection is given into the muscle near the top of the shoulder.

More frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 vaccine