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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 from coronavirus.

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 vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

People aged 50 and over

Everyone aged 50 and over can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

People at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (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's at high risk from coronavirus.

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.

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

Carers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if either:

  • you get a Carer's Allowance or other support following an assessment by your local authority
  • your GP record shows you are a carer

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

If you think you should be eligible as a carer, but your GP record does not show you are a carer, speak to your GP surgery. They may be able to update your record.

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 coronavirus.

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 or GP surgery 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 coronavirus.

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 coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), for example as a childminder or nursery nurse.

Contact your employer, GP surgery or local authority 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: 1 April 2021
Next review due: 15 April 2021