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COVID-19 Vaccination

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

The vaccine rollout is being managed by the NHS.
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    Key facts about the vaccine

    • The vaccine is safe and effective and has been thoroughly tested.

    • A booster dose is now available to further strengthen your immunity

    • Even if you've had the vaccine, you'll still need to follow current safety guidance

    • A single vaccine is now available to young people aged 12 to 15

    • Vaccinations are available to all people aged 16 or over

    • You will need two injections, taken eight to twelve weeks apart

    • The vaccine rollout is managed by the NHS, not the council

    • Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended (two) doses of that vaccine

    • You cannot pay privately for a vaccine

    Vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. One dose is being offered to children aged 12 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19.

    Read more about vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 on the NHS website.

    Vaccinations for people aged 16 or over

    You can get a first and second 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.

    Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

    Booster vaccines

    A booster will help improve the long-term protection you have from the first two doses of the vaccine and help prevent any serious illness related to COVID-19.

    Please note: You can only have a booster three months after you received your second vaccine.

    Read more about booster doses on the NHS website.

    Plan B and NHS COVID-19 Passes

    As of Wednesday, 15 December 2021, certain venues and events are now required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over can prove one of the following via the NHS COVID-19 Pass.

    Read more about the COVID-19 Pass and how to get one on the NHS website.

    Vaccinations and pregnancy

    You can also be vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) if:

    • you're pregnant or think you might be
    • you're breastfeeding
    • you're trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future.

    Read more about vaccinations and pregnancy on the NHS website.

    Vaccine scams

    Unfortunately, some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. Please remember, the vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

    The NHS will:

    • NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine - this would result in a charge being applied to your phone bill
    • NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details
    • NEVER arrive unannounced at a person's home offering a vaccination particularly in exchange for payment.

    Read more from AGE UK about vaccine scams.

    The BBC also has a useful article about current COVID-19 scams.