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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination is an important part of protecting yourself if you're at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Who is eligible for a spring COVID-19 vaccine

You or your child may be offered a spring COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • are 75 years or over (you need to be 75 years old by 30 June 2024)
  • are 6 months to 74 years old and have a weakened immune system
  • live in a care home for older adults
People who have a weakened immune system

You may have a weakened immune system due to a health condition, treatment or medicine, including if you:

  • have ever had a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
  • have had an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • have HIV (at any stage)
  • have a genetic disorder affecting your immune system
  • have certain medical treatments, such as steroid medicine (depending on your dose), certain antibody therapies, chemotherapy or radiotherapy (including those whose treatment ended up to 6 months ago)
  • take certain medicines that increase your risk of infection, such as azathioprine, dexamethasone, prednisolone, ciclosporin or mycophenolate (depending on your dose)
  • take long-term immunosuppressive treatment for conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, scleroderma and psoriasis

If you are unsure, please speak to your pharmacist, GP or specialist for advice. You can also confirm your eligibility with the healthcare professional at your vaccination appointment.

This list is a summary and does not cover everything. Read a full definition of weakened immune system (immunosuppressed) in the COVID-19 chapter of the green book on GOV.UK.

How to get a spring COVID-19 vaccine

If you’re eligible, you can get a spring COVID-19 vaccine by:

  • booking online
  • going to a walk in COVID-19 vaccination site
  • booking on the NHS App
  • talking to a local NHS service, such as a GP surgery
  • talking to your care home

Book your appointment online

You can book online to get your spring COVID-19 vaccine.


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.

Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site

You can find a walk-in vaccination site to get your spring COVID-19 vaccine without needing an appointment.

Guidance for people with a weakened immune system

At your vaccination appointment, we’ll need to confirm you still have a weakened immune system before you can get a spring COVID-19 vaccine.

To confirm the health condition or treatment which causes your weakened immune system, it will help if you can do one of these things:

  • bring a repeat prescription or medicine box for the treatment that weakens your immune system
  • bring an NHS letter confirming your condition that weakens your immune system
  • show your health record or prescription history in the NHS App

If your health has changed and you no longer have a weakened immune system, you do not need to have a spring COVID-19 vaccine.

More information

Read guidance on the spring 2024 COVID-19 vaccine on GOV.UK

Page last reviewed: 21 March 2023
Next review due: 21 March 2026