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.

Seasonal COVID-19 vaccine

You may be able to get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine in autumn 2023 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:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • Persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book, COVID-19 Chapter (Green Book)
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression
  • Persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and staff working in care homes for older adults.

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 11 September 2023. From 18 September, 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
Covid vaccination booking system

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Page last updated 14 November 2023