The UK’s Covid vaccination rollout is continuing to quickly progress, with those in the younger age brackets now being invited to receive their jab.
But who can now book the vaccine across the UK?
Here’s what you need to know.
Who can now book the Covid vaccine?
In England, the Covid jab is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.
It's currently being given to:
- people aged 30 and over
- people who will turn 30 before 1 July 2021
- people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides Covid vaccinations. You do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS.
If you cannot book online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can also speak to a translator if you need to.
In Scotland, you can register for a Covid vaccination when you're invited to do so by NHS Scotland through their online self-referral service.
Those aged 18 to 29 are currently being invited to register for their coronavirus vaccine.
The registration service is available for two weeks, from 24 May until 4 June 2021, with vaccination appointments starting from mid-June.
If you're aged 30 and over you will not be able to self-register as these appointments are currently being processed. You will receive your blue envelope in the post.
If you think you should have received a letter by now with details of either your first or second dose, call the national Covid-19 vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013. You can also report your missing appointment online.
In Wales, those aged 18-29 are now being invited to receive a Covid job, as well as remaining adults aged 40-49 and 30-39, and anyone who, for whatever reason, was missed in priority groups 1-9.
When it is your turn to receive the vaccine, you will be contacted directly by the NHS. You may be contacted by either telephone or letter.
In Northern Ireland, Covid vaccinations have been made available to everyone over the age of 18.
Appointments are available to book online on the Health and Social Care website and by telephone on 0300 200 7813.
How do I change or cancel my appointment?
In England, if you already have appointments booked online, you can view, cancel and rebook them using the online system.
You will be asked some questions first so that the system can find your bookings.
In Wales, if your appointment is at a Mass Vaccination Centre, then you should contact the booking centre via the number noted on your appointment letter if you cannot make your appointment or do not want the vaccine.
If your appointment is at your GP practice, then you will need to contact the practice itself to rearrange or cancel.
In Northern Ireland, if you wish to cancel your appointment online then you will need your date of birth and a mobile number or email address so that your identity can be confirmed.
It’s worth noting that if you cancel your first vaccination appointment then your second appointment will also be cancelled. This is because your appointments are made ten weeks apart and are linked.
When you are ready, you can then use the online booking system to rebook your vaccination.
If you want to cancel your second appointment you will need to call the vaccination centre where you had your first appointment to rebook.
If you want to change the date or time of either of your appointments you can ring the vaccination centre where you booked.