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How to get a 1st and 2nd dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

If you have not booked your appointments yet, you're still eligible and can book anytime.


If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 18 and over, and children and young people aged 5 to 17 at high risk from COVID-19, need to wait 4 weeks.

Children and young people aged 5 to 17 who are not at high risk from COVID-19 need to wait 12 weeks.

If you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19, but have not had a test, you should wait until your symptoms are better before you get the vaccine. You can talk to a healthcare professional at the vaccination site about this.

People aged 16 and over

If you're aged 16 or over you can:

If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

Booking your 2nd dose

If you're aged 18 or over, you should have your 2nd dose from 8 weeks after your 1st dose.

Most young people aged 16 and 17 should have their 2nd dose from 12 weeks after their 1st dose.

  • If you book online, you'll be asked to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to.
  • If you had your 1st dose at a walk-in vaccination site, you can book your 2nd COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. You'll need to wait 24 hours after your 1st dose before you can book.
  • If you had your 1st dose through a local NHS service such as your GP surgery, you'll be contacted when it's time to book your 2nd dose.

Children aged 5 to 15

All children aged 5 to 15 can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Parents will get information offering them the chance to make an appointment for their child to be vaccinated.

Children aged 5 to 15 can:

Some children may still be offered a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine locally through their school until the end of April 2022.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 15


If you're not sure if your child is at high risk, see who is at high risk from COVID-19.

Page last reviewed: 28 April 2022
Next review due: 28 October 2022