COVID-19 vaccination information

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Vaccinations for COVID-19 are available via the NHS, free of charge, to all adults over the age of 18, young people aged 16 and 17, and children aged 12 to 15.

In order to book a vaccination via the NHS, you will need to have registered with an NHS GP service. You can visit the How to register with a GP surgery page at for help with this.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccination

If you are an adult over the age of 18, you can book a full set of two vaccinations, given eight weeks apart, by using the NHS COVID-19 vaccination online booking service. Alternatively, you can visit a walk-in vaccination site to have your first or second vaccination. You can find your nearest site by using the NHS walk-in vaccination site finder.

If you are a young person aged 16 or 17, you will be invited by your GP or local NHS service for your first vaccination. Some walk-in vaccination sites also offer a vaccination to people aged 16 and 17 – you can use the NHS walk-in vaccination site finder to find out if this service is available nearby.

Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered one vaccination – in most cases this will be given in school. Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered.

Additional doses and boosters

Some children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a second vaccination if they have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19, or they live with someone who is more likely to get infections.

If you are over 12 and have a severely weakened immune system, you may be offered a third vaccination. Your specialist can advise whether this applies to you.

If you are over 50, or have a health condition that puts you at a higher risk from COVID-19, or work as frontline health or social care worker, you will be contacted by the NHS about booking an appointment for a booster vaccination. This will be given six months after your second vaccination.

More information

Full details about the vaccination can be found on the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination page.

Vaccine information – Cantonese

NHS London has produced a video with information on the vaccine in Cantonese. This is available to view below:

Dr Eugenia Lee, GP in East London, speaking in in Cantonese (traditional Chinese subtitles).

Vaccination centres are available across the region, and details for your area can be found on your local council’s website.