When will I receive the coronavirus vaccine and what happens when I get it?

Just over 14.5 million people in the UK have been given the vaccine (as at 15 February 2021) and the vaccination programme will continue to build up steadily in the weeks and months ahead and will gradually be extended to more and more people.

In England, the NHS is now advising that anyone who is over 70, in the extremely clinically vulnerable group or who works in health or social care should book a test by either ringing their GP or 119 or booking through the online portal. If none of those apply to you, you should wait until you are contacted in the form of a letter either from your GP or the national booking system; including all the information you will need and noting your NHS number. You may be contacted via another method, but please take care to verify the caller or messenger before giving out any personal information.

In Wales, if you are over 70, in the extremely clinically vulnerable group or who works in health or social care, you should follow the instructions on the gov.wales web page to contact your local NHS or call your GP. 

In Scotland, the advice remains to wait until you are contacted by NHS Scotland.

Updated information for Northern Ireland can be found on the HSC NI website. 

For those living in England full guidance about the vaccine along with information on the order in which the vaccine will be administered and what to expect after you have been vaccinated can be found on the gov.uk website.

Extra information is available for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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