Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
The COVID-19 vaccine is our best protection against the virus. Find answers to common questions about the vaccine and how to get yours when it’s your turn.
The vaccination programme
The COVID-19 vaccines are given in two doses, up to 12 weeks apart.
The NHS is inviting people to be vaccinated in turn, starting with people most at risk from coronavirus. The order of priority groups has been set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. View the priority groups for the vaccine - GOV.UK.
Vaccination groupsAnyone over 16 can now book their vaccine. Some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or who live with someone at high risk of catching it can also get a vaccine.
- Book your coronavirus vaccine online at NHS.UK
- Call 119 between 7am and 11pm any day of the week
- If a suitable slot is not available, phone your GP
The vaccines have been tested on tens of thousands of people around the world. It has been through the same safety trials and approval process as every other vaccine. The process has happened faster because so many scientists worked on it at the same time.
The vaccines contain no animal products, eggs or alcohol. They cannot give you coronavirus and there is no evidence that they cause infertility. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said that there is “no plausible biological mechanism” by which the vaccine could affect fertility.
Over 15 million people in the UK have already been safely vaccinated.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are considering pregnancy, are pregnant or breastfeeding you can get information on our vaccination and pregnancy page.
Beware of vaccine scams
The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.
The NHS will never ask for:
- your bank account or card details
- your pin or banking password
- copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.