Covid Vaccines

How to get the Covid-19 vaccine

You can now book your vaccination appointments online if any of the following apply:

  • you’re aged 42 or over
  • you’ll turn 42 before 1 July 2021
  • you’re at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you’re an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides Covid-19 vaccinations.

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.

You can book your appointment here


NHS 119 BSL Service

If you cannot book online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

This service is open 07.00 – 23.00 day every day

Using your computer and webcam, or the InterpreterNow app on your smartphone or tablet, you make a video call to a BSL interpreter.

The interpreter telephones an NHS 119 operative and relays your conversation with them. The NHS 119 operative will assist you with the procedure for booking and administering Covid-19 tests and with enquiries related to the progress of the test results, and with booking Covid-19 vaccinations.


Vaccine video from deaf charities

Deaf charities have come together to produce a vaccine video for the deaf community, with specific focus on ethnic minority groups. Evidence shows that black and Asian people are far more susceptible to Covid-19 and this new signed video aims to dispel myths, answer questions and provide some helpful information.

Watch the signed video here.


Booking second dose of vaccine

If you booked your first dose through your GP, they will contact you via text or phone call to book you in for your second vaccine around 11 weeks later. If you booked your first dose online through one of the online booking systems, you will be able to book your second vaccine again directly through the national booking system.


How safe is the Covid-19 vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any Covid-19 vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

The World Health Organisation has a Q&A section on their website responding to some commonly asked questions about the vaccine, including information about their safety. Have a look here.


BBC Asian Network address vaccine concerns

BBC Asian Network have produced videos in five languages: Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu to help address any safety concerns around Covid vaccines in the South Asian community. Watch them here.


Covid vaccination easy read leaflets

The government has produced a range of easy read leaflets explaining the vaccine process, and what to expect after your have received the vaccine. Take a look at the easy read guides here.

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