Book Covid vaccine: When, how and who – booking your coronavirus jab

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Half the UK’s adult population – 33.6 million people – have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and 12.5 million have received their second dose. In England, more than 80 percent of over-75s are fully vaccinated, with 95 percent of over-50s having received one jab.

Who is being invited to book their jab now?

In England, the jab is being offered to people aged 42 and over, or those who will turn 42 before July 1 2021.

Carers, health workers, and those vulnerable to the disease are also able to book their jab.

The rollout is slightly different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but all targets are being met, the government has said.

Across the UK, people over 16 who live with adults with weakened immune systems are also being offered a vaccine.

When will you be invited?

The government has repeatedly said all adults will be offered their first dose by the end of July.

The programme will open to people aged 40 and up “in the coming days” and as supply allows, the NHS said.

Next, it will be those in the 30 to 39 age group, followed by 18 to 29.

How can you book?

You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS to book your jab if you’re eligible for it.

You may have received a text with a link to the national booking service, which can be found HERE.

You can also call 119 free of charge to book, and a translator will be available if needed.

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 HERE.

When will you get your second dose?

Everyone should be offered a second vaccine dose within 12 weeks of the first jab to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

You should book both first and second jab appointments at the same time.

During April, about 12 million second doses are being offered to people in priority groups.

First doses offered daily are now being overtaken by second jabs.

What jab will you get?

People under the age of 30, or who were under 30 on March 30, 2021, are to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after a review into a possible link with extremely rare blood clots in adults.

But the UK’s medicine regulator says the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks for most people.

Pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines as they’ve been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

Official guidance says everyone should get the same vaccine for both doses.

In very rare circumstances – if only one vaccine is available, or it’s not known which was given for the first dose – a different vaccine can be used.

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