The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.
It's currently being given to:
people aged 38 and over
people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
people who live or work in care homes
health and social care workers
You are eligible to book your vaccination appointments online through the NHS if any of the following apply:
you are aged 38 or over
you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
you are a frontline health or social care worker
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.
If eligible, you do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
Do not contact your GP to book appointments
You must be registered with a GP surgery in order to be invited for a vaccine. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
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 announced at a person's home offering a vaccination particularly in exchange for payment.