What can I have?

  • If you are aged 5 to 17, you can currently have a 1st and 2nd vaccine;
  • If you are 18 and over, or aged 12 and above with a health condition that puts you at increased risk, you can have a 1st, 2nd and booster vaccine.
  • Spring booster – In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:
    • adults aged 75 years and over
    • residents in care homes for older adults
    • individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system.

How can I get my jab?

You can:

  • book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online or by calling 119 free of charge
  • book your appointment directly with your GP led local vaccination service when they contact you
  • find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination session where you can get vaccinated without needing an appointment (not currently for 5-11 year old vaccinations)
  • have your vaccination at home if you are registered as housebound with your GP practice
  • have your vaccination at your care home if you are a resident

Where can I get my jab?

You can see all of the bookable vaccination appointment services on the following pages for each area:

You can also see the latest list of walk-in sessions where no appointment is needed.

When should I recieve an (original) booster vaccination?

All adults are now eligible for a booster vaccination at 3 months (91 days) from your 2nd vaccine.  You can also pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after a 2nd dose.

Although you can pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after your 2nd dose, the appointment dates you’ll be offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after your 2nd dose.

People also eligible if they are aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19, a frontline health and social care worker, an unpaid carer or living with someone who is immunosuppressed.

When can I receive a Spring booster?

Spring boosters are available if you or your child are either:

  • aged 75 years old or over
  • aged 12 years old or over with a weakened immune system
  • a resident in a care home for older adults

People are advised to wait 6 months since their previous dose to get maximum protection from a spring booster.

The appointment dates you’ll be offered start from 3 months (91 days) after your previous dose, but booking an appointment around 6 months after your previous dose is preferable.

If you are a resident in a care home, a visit will be arranged by the local vaccination service to provide your vaccination at your care home.

If you are housebound, you will be contacted directly by your local vaccination service to arrange an appointment with you about your vaccination at your home.

Young people aged 16 and 17

You can now get a 1st and 2nd COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 16 or 17.

You have two ways to receive your vaccines:

  1. You can go to one of the walk-in vaccination sessions. No appointment is needed and you can simply turn up to receive your vaccination. See the latest dates and venues for walk-in sessions.
  2. You can book via the National Booking System – by visiting the website or calling 119.

You will be offered the Pfizer vaccine. A second dose of vaccine should be offered after an interval of at least 12 weeks.

See FAQs for 16 to 17 year olds

I am 16/17, when will I be invited and when can I get my jab?

You can get your jab now.

You can book an appointment by visiting the National Booking System website or calling 119.

Alternatively, you can go to walk-in vaccination session. You don’t need to call in advance and you don’t need an appointment; you can simply turn up during the opening hours. Check the latest list of walk-in sessions.

I have received an invite but it isn’t working / I can’t book an appointment

If there is a number on the invite, please contact the team who invited you directly.

You can also email us at sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net, or call our vaccine enquiry phone line: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday) if you need help and support. See the privacy notice for information about how your data is used.

Please note the team cannot make bookings but they can help to make contact for you with the right team.

Why is the NHS only vaccinating some children and young people against COVID-19, and not all?

The NHS vaccinates in line with guidance from the independent JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation), which provides expert advice on vaccinations to UK health departments. The JCVI recommends that only certain groups of children and young people are vaccinated because of a combination of factors including their risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, passing it to others who may become seriously ill, and evidence of safety and effectiveness.

Young people aged 16 and 17 who are in an at risk group

For some time, young people aged 16 and 17 who in an ‘at-risk’ group have been offered two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine with an interval of at least eight weeks.

If you have not yet received yours, please speak to your GP practice. You will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.

Warning over COVID vaccination scams

Unfortunately, there are fraudulent texts and email messages about vaccinations being sent to patients.

Protecting yourself against fraud

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is free – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it.
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

Please be assured that even if you don’t respond to a genuine message because you are worried it could be fraudulent, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again.

How to spot an official NHS text message

  • An official NHS text message will include specific details such as the name of your GP practice or group of practices working on behalf of your GP. It may also include details of the vaccination centre. Scam text messages and emails usually don’t include his information.
  • An official NHS text message from the national booking system will be a reminder text so will include details of your booked appointment such as date, time and location.
  • Remember, the NHS will NEVER ask you to pay for your vaccination or ask for your bank details. 

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