How you will be contacted for your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination
When it's your turn the NHS will invite you have a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. Read about how you will be contacted and how to spot a scam.
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.
The vaccine is being offered at larger vaccination centres, pharmacies and some local NHS services such as hospitals or GP surgeries.
More people are being offered the vaccine every week.
Book now if you're eligible
You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply:
- you're aged 40 or over
- you'll turn 40 before 1 July 2021
- you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.
Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
By text or letter
You may receive a text from 'NHSvaccine' inviting you to book your vaccination appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy.
The text will be sent to the phone number your GP surgery has listed for you.
You may also get a letter a few days after.
If you receive a text from 'NHSvaccine' inviting you to book and you're not sure if it is genuine, you can wait to receive your letter.
Texts from 'NHSvaccine' are separate to any invites you may get from local NHS services such as a GP surgery or hospital.
If you're invited to book a vaccination at a local NHS service, you'll usually get a text or a phone call. You may sometimes get a letter.
You can choose to book your vaccination appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service. More places are opening all the time.
Spotting a scam
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.
The NHS will never ask for:
- your bank account or card details
- your pin or banking password
- copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If you have received a letter or text but not booked an appointment
You may get a follow-up phone call from the NHS Immunisation Management Service. This call will be from 0300 561 0240.
They will see if you need any help or support with your booking.
You may also get a text from 'NHSvaccine' reminding you to book a vaccination appointment.