You will probably be very keen to get your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. Find out more about when you’re likely to be invited, how you will book your appointment and where you can get your jab.
Who is currently eligible?
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
It’s being given to:
- people aged 40 and over
- people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- eligible health and social care workers
- unpaid carers
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
I am eligible, how can I get my jab?
- If you are aged 40 and over you can book your jab online now through the national booking service or by calling 119 free of charge. These appointments will be at our large vaccination centres or community pharmacy-led sites.
- Alternatively, if it is difficult for you to get to one of the larger sites, you may have your vaccine at a GP-led service. If this is your choice and you are 70 and over, please contact your local service or GP practice today. If you are 50 and over, please wait and you will be contacted by the GP-led service.
- If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and haven’t been vaccinated yet, please book online through the national booking service or by phone on 119, or contact your GP-led service.
- If you are aged 16-65 and have underlying health conditions such as severe asthma, diabetes or lung disease, you will be contacted to arrange your vaccination at your local GP-led vaccination service. See more information about the ‘at risk’ group. Note that those in the ‘at risk’ group are not currently able to book online or by phone and must await their invitation.
- If you are an unpaid or informal carer, aged 18 or over, who is in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or if you are already registered as a carer by your GP, you can book your appointment right away at one of the larger vaccination centres through the national booking service or by calling 119. Alternatively, you can wait to be contacted for an appointment by your local GP-led vaccination service. If you are registered with the GP as a carer for a person who is eligible because of an underlying health condition, you might be offered appointments together. If you are a young carer aged 16-18, please wait to be contacted by your local GP as they will need to arrange for you to receive the Pfizer vaccine. If you are a carer who is not in receipt of Carers Allowance or registered as a carer by your GP, more information will be available shortly on how you will be identified and invited for vaccination.
- If you are considered housebound, you will have your vaccination at home. Your local GP-led service will contact you to arrange this.
- If you are an eligible health or social care worker, see our workforce vaccinations page for more information.
We are already putting plans in place for rolling out the vaccine to the next priority groups. If you are not in the groups described above, you will be contacted at a later date once you become eligible.
When booking online, please enter your email address or mobile number to receive confirmation of your appointment. Please also note your reference number, as you must have this should you need to change your appointment.
Where can I get my jab
Please see a list of all the available services for you in:
Warning over COVID vaccination scams
Unfortunately, there are fraudulent texts and email messages about vaccinations being sent to patients.
People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link.
This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.
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.