Your questions about the Covid-19 vaccine - updated

The NHS is working hard to roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme - the biggest it has ever undertaken - at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care. The vaccine programme is now open up to all adults.
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Updated 30 July 2021

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Vaccine programme open to all adults

The Covid-19 vaccine programme is open to all adults aged 18 or over in England - and the NHS has offered a first vaccination to all adults. Our local NHS has already given more than a million doses of first and second vaccinations - see the latest statistics here.

The Vaccinators - Covid-19 walk-in clinics

Get your Covid-19 jab at one of the local NHS walk-in clinics. Anyone aged 18 or over is welcome.

You only need to bring a face covering along! 

There are first and second dose appointments available. ​You can get your second dose after at least 8 weeks have passed since your first dose.

You don't need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to use this service. 

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If you have had a positive Covid-19 test, you need to wait four weeks before you can book a jab. 

National Booking Service

You can also book an appointment via the National Booking Service:

by calling 119. You will book appointments for your first and second doses.You can also cancel appointments and rebook them.

You must be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

What vaccine will I get?

The Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are being offered to local people.

All three vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection and have been given regulatory approval by the independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Tell us about your Covid vaccine experience

We are working closely with the local NHS as they roll out the Covid-19 vaccination programme. And helping them make sure they get their messages for local people right. 

Please tell us about your experience of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. We will be sharing your feedback with the local NHS to help them deliver the vaccine and protect  people.  

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Vaccines for children at higher risk

Children at higher risk of serious Covid-19 disease are to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

  • This includes those aged 12 to 15 with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities. Young people aged 16-17 in these groups are already being offered their Covid-19 vaccinations. 
  • The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) also recommends that 12-17 year-olds living with an immunosuppressed person should also be offered the vaccine.
  • The jab will also be offered to young people who are within three months of turning 18.

The JCVI is not currently advising routine vaccination of children outside of these groups, based on the current evidence. 

JCVI guidance for the vaccine roll out

NHS Covid Pass

The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.

It allows you to show others the details of your Covid-19 vaccine (or vaccines) when travelling abroad to some countries or territories.

Or to demonstrate your COVID-19 status as a condition of entry to some venues or events in England. 

You can download a digital copy or request a status letter. 

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Winter flu and Covid-19 booster vaccinations

Millions of people most vulnerable to Covid-19 may be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine from September to make sure the protection from their first and second dose is maintained.

The JCVI's interim advice is to offer a booster shot in a two stage programme alongside the flu programme. The final advice is expected by the end of August.

Find out more

Flu vaccination programme for winter 2021

The UK is to roll out biggest flu programme in history for winter 2021, including offering a flu vaccination to all primary and secondary school students up to Year 11.

Find out more

Is the Covid vaccine safe?

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. Vaccines will only be used if they are approved by the MHRA. 

So far, thousands of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions and blood clots, have been very rare..

Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after the Oxford/AstraZenica vaccination. This is being looked at carefully by the MHRA but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.

The JCVI have looked at the balance of benefits and risks. They advise the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks for people aged 40+ and those who have underlying health conditions.

And that adults under 40 years without underlying health conditions should be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine - where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated.

Prof Anthony Harnden, GP & Deputy Chair of the JCVI, explains the new advice.

"The risk of blood clots with low platelets from the AstraZeneca vaccine is extremely low. If you've already received one dose of the AZ vaccine and are offered your second dose, you should accept it.”

Read more here

Reporting serious side effects

Like all medicines, Covid-19 vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.

Very common side effects include: 

  • a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • general aches, or mild flu like symptoms

Feeling feverish is not uncommon for two to three days, but a high temperature is unusual and may indicate you have Covid-19 or another infection. 

You can report suspected side effects to the MHRA via their via the official yellow card reporting scheme. 

Report side effects

Information about Coronavirus

Our coronavirus information page has information on how to stay safe - including the latest rules and restrictions for households, guidance for those considered clinically extremely vulnerable, and where to get help and support.  

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