The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have one by text or letter.
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.
Do not call the surgery as you cannot be booked in at this time!
People aged 18 and over
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.
Children aged 12 to 15
All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered.
Most children will be given their vaccine at school.
People with a weakened immune system
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.
The 3rd vaccine dose for people with a weakened immune system is not a booster dose.
The 2 main tests are:
- PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they’re sent to a lab to be checked
- rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms, even if mild:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Stay at home until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate
NHS COVID Pass
An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.
You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.
How to get your NHS COVID Pass
You can get an NHS COVID Pass in a digital format for travel or going to domestic venues or events.
You can get a paper NHS COVID Pass letter for travel.Information:
Find out about getting:
Watch for Symptoms
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting