The NHS is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people in the following priority groups:
- Cohort 5 – people aged 65-69
- Cohort 6 – people with underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk from Covid-19 and carers of elderly and disabled people.
- Cohort 7 – people aged 60-64
- Cohort 8 – people aged 55-59
- Cohort 9 – people aged 50-54
If you are in one of these groups, you will be contacted when it is your turn for a vaccination, either by your practice or the NHS national booking service.
Anyone aged 50 or over can book an appointment through the national booking service without waiting for a letter or by calling 119.
We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please do not contact your GP practice or the NHS for an appointment unless you are in one of the priority groups 1-9. The NHS is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first and people will not be able to make an appointment until they have received an invitation.
If you are contacted by the practice to book an appointment it is important that you take up the offer as soon as possible. The practice cannot predict the supply of vaccine we receive. If you do not book when offered we cannot guarantee when you will be offered another appointment, it may be that you will need to attend a vaccination centre for your jab.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Text messages from the NHS Booking Service will show as being sent from NHSvaccine and will only link to the NHS.uk website. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details, your PIN or banking password, or ask you to press a button on your keypad.
Please continue to follow all the safety guidance even when you’ve had the vaccine as you may still be able to spread the disease, in particular hand hygiene, wearing a face covering and social distancing.