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Covid vaccine: Book your jab before NHS offer ends

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The offer of a free NHS Covid vaccine ends for the majority of people on Friday 30 June.

If you have yet to come forward for a first dose of a vaccine, you are encouraged to do so to protect yourself and others from serious illness.

If you would like to get your jab, this is what you need to know.

Am I eligible for a Covid vaccine?

  • Everyone aged 5 (on or before 31 August 2022) and over can get a Covid vaccine.
  • Children can only get a dose of a Covid vaccine if they’re either:
    • At increased risk due to a health condition or because of a weakened immune system.
    • Living with someone who has a weakened immune system.
  • If you're eligible for a Covid vaccine you can get them now. You do not need to wait to be contacted.

How do I book my appointment?

  • You can book an appointment easily online, by calling 119, or by visiting one of the hundreds of walk-in vaccination sites open across the country.

Why is the Covid vaccine offer ending for some people?

  • The offer of a Covid vaccine for the majority of people - those at lower risk of severe illness  - will end on 30 June 2023, as we move towards a more targeted vaccination offer that prioritises those most at risk.
  • This is in line with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Who can still get a Covid vaccine after the offer ends?

  • A seasonal, targeted vaccination offer will remain for people who are most at risk, in line with advice from the JCVI.
  • This will ensure those at highest risk are protected and ensure the most efficient use of NHS resources as we reduce backlogs and wait times.
  • A spring booster programme is currently available for this group until 30 June.
  • If you move into an at-risk group after 30 June, you will be able to get a first or second dose of the Covid vaccine through the seasonal booster programmes.

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