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Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Find out who can currently get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

People in the groups below can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

If you have not booked your appointments yet, you're still eligible and can book anytime.

COVID-19 booster vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have one.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine

You can get your 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over (or will turn 18 within 3 months).

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

Young people aged 16 and 17

The NHS is offering a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17.

If you will turn 18 within 3 months, you can also get a 2nd dose.

You can book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).

Parents and guardians will get a letter or email with information about when the vaccine will be offered, and will be asked to give their consent.

Most children will be given their vaccine at school during school hours.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15

Some young people and children aged 12 to 17 are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine if either:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Conditions that mean they may be at high risk and eligible for 2 doses are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

Those who are eligible for 2 doses of the vaccine will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to arrange their appointments.

Other ways to get 2 doses if you are aged 16 or 17

If you are aged 16 or 17 and eligible for 2 doses you can also:

After you've had your 1st dose, you’ll get a letter reminding you to have your 2nd dose. You can take this letter to any walk-in vaccination site from 8 weeks after you had your 1st dose.

If you do not receive this letter after 8 weeks but you think you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery.

If you will turn 18 within 3 months, you can book both your 1st and 2nd dose appointments online.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people on GOV.UK

A 3rd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses.

This includes people who had or have:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections
  • a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose

If you're eligible for a 3rd dose, the NHS will let you know when and where to have the vaccine.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for people with a weakened immune system on GOV.UK

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The 3rd vaccine dose for people with a weakened immune system is not a booster dose.

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