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.

For some, particularly older people and those with a weakened immune system, COVID-19 can still be very dangerous and even life-threatening. COVID-19 vaccines offered by the NHS provide protection against the virus and help reduce the risk of serious illness. The vaccine has saved countless lives, prevented thousands from needing to go to hospital and helped us to live with the virus without fear or restrictions.

Protection against COVID-19 (either from catching the virus or from a previous vaccination) can fade over time and the virus can change so if you are at higher risk of severe illness it is important that you top up your protection.

In line with expert advice, this spring the NHS is offering COVID-19 vaccines to people who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus – including those aged 75 and over (by 30 June 2024), residents of care homes for older adults, and those with a weakened immune system.

Vaccinations will begin on 15th April for residents in care homes for older adults and eligible housebound people. All other eligible people will be able to book their appointment from 15 April, to take place from 22nd April. Spring vaccinations will be available until 30 June 2024.

The NHS will be inviting those eligible, but you do not need to wait for an invitation to book your vaccine. Booking a spring COVID-19 vaccine is simple and easy if you are eligible:

  • Download the NHS App and make an appointment
  • Visit
  • Call 119 for free if you can’t get online (translators are available)

Some areas also offer convenient walk-in options – to find out what is available visit,

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine is very convenient, with thousands of appointments available across the country every day at more sites (usually pharmacies and GP practices) than ever before for a spring campaign.

If you or your child are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine this spring, make sure you come forward for this extra protection.

You can find out the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine at

Seasonal COVID-19 vaccine

You may be able to get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine in Spring 2024 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 include:

  • adults aged 75 years and over by 30 June 2024
  • residents in care homes for older adults by 30 June 2024
  • individuals aged 6 months and over who have a weakened immune system (as defined in the Green Book, chapter 14a; tables 3 and 4). this includes:
    • Individuals with primary or acquired immunodeficiency states at the time of vaccination due to certain conditions
    • Individuals on immunosuppressive or immunomodulating therapy at the time of vaccination
    • Individuals with chronic immune-mediated inflammatory disease who were receiving or had received immunosuppressive therapy prior to vaccination
    • Individuals who had received high dose steroids for any reason in the month before vaccination

The NHS will contact you if your NHS record suggests you may be eligible. Those most at risk including adult care home residents will start to be vaccinated from 15 April 2024. From 22 April, the NHS will start to invite people in priority order of risk and those eligible will be able to book an appointment on the National Booking Service.

When available, there may be different ways you can get a COVID-19 seasonal vaccine:

  • booking online or via 119
  • going to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site
  • a local NHS service, such as a vaccine centre, GP surgery or pharmacy
  • through your care home
Covid vaccination walk-in clinics
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Page last updated 11 April 2024