At the moment, anybody over the age of 5 is eligible for a first dose. The number of doses you may be offered after your first dose will depend on your age and the health of your immune system. The official guidance does change as we get more information about the vaccines and the different variants of Covid-19.
We have extensive information about the different doses for different groups of people, which you can access through the main Covid-19 vaccination page.
Clinically vulnerable children aged 5-11
Children who are clinically vulnerable include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency on Page 21 of the Green Book.
Parents and guardians should wait for the NHS to contact them for when it is their child’s turn to get the life-saving vaccine with local NHS teams already contacting those who are eligible.
GP led teams have been identifying eligible children ahead of vaccinations starting to help get jabs into arms as quickly as possible.
All children aged 5-15
We get a lot of questions here at the Vaccination Centre about whether children are eligible for a vaccine, and the quick answer is that anyone aged 5 or over is eligible for a first dose. For a full explanation of how immunisations work for children aged 5-15, you can visit our dedicated Covid-19 vaccination page for parents and guardians to understand how the process works.
This includes information on how we vaccinate children who are at higher risk of severe Covid-19 infection.
Adults aged over 16
For an explanation of the different doses available for people aged 16 or over, I recommend you read the ‘Doses and Boosters’ explained page.
It explains who is eligible for different doses, including booster jabs, and provides links to help you book your vaccination.
If you or your partner is pregnant or planning to get pregnant, I recommend you read our page which explains the importance of being vaccinated during pregnancy to protect both mum and baby.
Confused about doses and boosters?
I want to reassure everyone that we will continue to provide first doses to anyone who is eligible for them. After you have had that first dose, you may become eligible for second, third, fourth and booster jabs, depending on your age and how healthy your immune system is.
For the latest information on these different doses and boosters, check out the Doses and Boosters explained’ section.