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 dose
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, who have had 2 doses of the vaccine at least 3 months ago.
You can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 or over.
You can book appointments 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 can get a 1st dose and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).
Most children can:
- get their vaccine at school
- book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
Some children aged 12 to 15 are considered at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 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 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 considered at high risk 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 12 to 15
If you are aged 12 to 15 and have a condition that means you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 you can also:
- get both doses at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site
- book your 1st COVID-19 vaccination dose appointment online and get your 2nd dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site
You'll get a letter reminding you to have your 2nd dose around 8 weeks after your 1st 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 but you think you're eligible, contact your GP surgery.
A 3rd dose of the 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.
The 3rd dose for people with a weakened immune system is not a booster dose.