Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective and have been proven to reduce hospitalisations and severe illness. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.
Autumn COVID-19 vaccine
You can get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine this autumn 2023 if you’re at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. For example, this may be due to a health condition or your age.
Those who are eligible, and able to book an appointment, include:
- Residents in a care home for older adults
- All adults aged 65 years and over
- Persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book, COVID-19 Chapter (Green Book)
- Frontline health and social care workers
- Persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression
- Persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and staff working in care homes for older adults.
Book you vaccine via the NHS app, 119 or via the NHS booking website.
Additional vaccines for people with a severely weakened immune system
If you develop a new health condition or start treatment that severely weakens your immune system, you may need additional protection before autumn 2023.
Your specialist will assess whether you need an additional vaccine. They will make a referral and advise on the best timing for vaccination around your planned treatment. Speak to your specialist for more information.
How to get a first or second dose appointment
Children aged 6 months to 4 years old who are at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 can get a 1st and 2nd COVID-19 vaccine. Local NHS services (such as your GP surgery) will invite eligible children for their vaccinations and arrange their appointments. If your child is eligible because they are at increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, please wait to be contacted.
Vaccinations for at home citizens
If you are an at home citizen, find out details on booking you Covid-19 vaccination appointment.
If you, or someone you know, is a resident in a care home, they will be vaccinated by our vaccination roving team or a GP. Your care home will have more information on when this will be.