About the vaccine
The coronavirus vaccine is an injection.
You will need 2 injections of the vaccine, which will be up to 3 to 12 weeks apart.
The vaccine has been tested to make sure it is safe.
Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.
The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.
You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
If you were invited and did not have your first or second vaccination during Ramadan, it's not too late. Book your appointment today.
You can book:
- online - www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
- by phone - dial 119
- via your GP - if that's where you had your first vaccination
Protect yourself and others and get vaccinated!
Some people are reporting that they are receiving phone calls offering vaccine appointments for a cost, or text messages directing people to a convincing fake NHS website with a booking link.
The COVID-19 vaccine will always be free in the UK and delivered by the NHS. You will be contacted by the NHS call/recall service telling you when you are eligible.
Anyone offering you a real NHS COVID-19 vaccination booking will never:
- ask you for payment or any bank details
- ask you to press a button on your keypad when on the phone
- ask you to send a text to confirm the booking
Anyone who has concerns about whether an approach is genuine should speak to their local GP surgery.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine
Are you getting information about the vaccination from social media? If you are, do you research what you read?
Check before you share to make sure what you're reading is accurate.
The NHS is the best source of information about the COVID-19 vaccination.
Visit the NHS COVID-19 vaccination pages
Visit the GOV.UK COVID-19 vaccination pages
Covid Lounge is a brand-new digital space for residents to regularly come together to discuss the impact of COVID-19.
Led by Building Bridges Pendle, Covid Lounge provides a safe space for open conversations as well as an opportunity to build stronger relationships and support one another.
Covid Lounge addresses any misconceptions, shares factual knowledge and provides clarity on issues around COVID-19. You will be joined by local leaders and professionals from organisations including the NHS, councils, wellbeing, faith and other sectors.