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Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to people most at risk.

People in the groups below can get the vaccine now. The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.

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If you are not eligible yet, wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

People aged 40 and over

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if:

  • you're aged 40 or over
  • you'll turn 40 before 1 July 2021

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

People at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)

People at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable), can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you're at high risk, you will have had a letter from the NHS saying you're clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you've had this letter, you can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

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

People with other conditions that put them at higher risk

People with certain other health conditions are at high risk and can get the COVID-19 vaccine (as well as people who are clinically extremely vulnerable).

These conditions include:

  • long-term lung conditions (such as severe asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis)
  • long-term conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels (such as congenital heart disease, heart failure and peripheral arterial disease)
  • diabetes
  • chronic kidney disease
  • long-term liver conditions (such as cirrhosis and hepatitis)
  • conditions affecting the brain or nerves (such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or stroke)
  • learning disabilities
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections (such as HIV or some treatments for lupus, psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • severe mental conditions (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder)
  • severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or above)

If you have a condition that means you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, the NHS will contact you to arrange your vaccination appointments.

You can also book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now if you would like to.

Information:

Some charities have worked with the NHS to produce advice about health conditions and COVID-19 vaccination.

Carers

You may be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine if any of the following apply:

  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • your GP record shows you are a carer
  • you get a Carer's Allowance or other support following an assessment by your local authority

You may be able to book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy.

If you think you should be eligible as a carer but you cannot book an appointment online, speak to your GP surgery. Your GP may be able to update your GP record and book an appointment for you at a local NHS service.

People who live and work in care homes

Anyone who lives or works in a care home can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.

Frontline health workers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're a health worker who has direct contact with people at higher risk from COVID-19.

For example:

  • you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
  • you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
  • you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

Contact your employer about getting vaccinated.

Frontline social care workers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're a social care worker who provides face-to-face care or support to children or adults at higher risk from COVID-19.

For example:

  • you are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
  • you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
  • you provide personal care for people in their homes

You are not currently eligible if you care for children who are not at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable), for example as a childminder or nursery nurse.

Contact your employer about getting vaccinated.

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Vaccination priority groups

The order in which people are offered the COVID-19 vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

Page last reviewed: 29 April 2021
Next review due: 13 May 2021