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Questions about eligibility


Who is currently eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination?

Those currently eligible for a vaccine include:

  • Anyone aged 16 years and over 
  • Care home staff and residents
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable (those previously advised to shield)
  • People with underlying health conditions that make them at higher risk 
  • Unpaid carers - including those in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is identified as clinically vulnerable to covid
  • People with a Learning Disability 
  • People who are immuno-supressed (and household members)

If you are aged 18 and over but haven’t received an invitation yet, you can book an appointment now through the national booking service at or by calling 119 anytime between 7am -11pm, seven days a week (free of charge).

If you are aged 16 and over, you can get your vaccine at a number of local drop-in sites. Full details are available at: (not all clinics are currently vaccinating under 18s, so people are encouraged to check the site before they travel).

Anyone who does not fall into one of these above priority groups is not eligible for a vaccine at this time. 


How are decisions about prioritisation of patients being made?

The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most first, based on national guidelines from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

You can read the full JCVI guidance here: