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Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

People in the groups below can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

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

COVID-19 booster vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine

People aged 16 and over

You can get a 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 or over.

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

Children aged 12 to 15

All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).

Most children can:

Not all walk-in vaccination sites can vaccinate children aged 12 to 15. More sites will become available over time.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15

Children at high risk from COVID-19

Some children aged 12 to 15 are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine if either:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

Conditions that mean they may be at high risk and eligible for 2 doses are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

Those who are eligible for 2 doses of the vaccine will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery to arrange their appointments.

Other ways to get 2 doses if you are aged 12 to 15

If you are aged 12 to 15 and have a condition that means you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 you can also:

You’ll get a letter reminding you to have your 2nd dose around 8 weeks after your 1st dose.

You can take this letter to any walk-in vaccination site from 8 weeks after you had your 1st dose.

If you do not receive this letter but you think you’re eligible, contact your GP surgery.

More information

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people on GOV.UK

People with a weakened immune system

A 3rd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses.

This includes people who had or have:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections
  • a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose

If you're eligible for a 3rd dose, the NHS will let you know when and where to have the vaccine.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine 3rd dose

Information:

The 3rd vaccine dose for people with a weakened immune system is not a booster dose.

Page last reviewed: 25 November 2021
Next review due: 9 December 2021