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Questions about eligibility

 

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine, and how do they access it? 

Below is a summary of all the different groups of people that are currently eligible for a vaccine, what kind of vaccine, and how they can access it.

You can find all the latest NHS information on covid-19 vaccination here.

 

Children aged 5 - 11 years

From Monday 4 April, all children aged 5 to 11 will be eligible to receive two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination.

Children aged 5 to 11 will receive a smaller 10mcg dose of Pfizer vaccine, and the two doses should be given 12 weeks apart. However, at risk children will be eligible for a second dose 8 weeks after their first.

You can find out more and book appointments now here.

 

Children aged 12 and over

You can get your 1st and 2nd dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 12 or over.

You can either book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now through the national booking system, or attend a local drop in clinic.

Learn how to book an appointment here

 

People due a booster vaccine

Everyone aged 16 and over who had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago can get a booster dose.

Some children aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a booster dose if they either:

You can book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after your 2nd dose, but the appointment dates you'll be offered will be from 3 months (91 days) after your 2nd dose.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine

 

Young people aged 16 and 17

The NHS is offering a 1st and 2nd COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. 

You can also get a 2nd dose COVID-19 vaccination if it's been 12 weeks since your 1st dose and you're aged 16 or 17 years old.

You can also get your 2nd dose earlier, from 8 weeks after your 1st dose, if you either:

Learn how to book an appointment here

 

Children aged 12 to 15

The school immunisation service is offering COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 in all secondary schools across Liverpool, and will also be starting second doses soon.

Parents and guardians will get a letter or email with information about when the vaccine will be offered, and will be asked to give their consent. You can find out more about this on the Mersey Care website here. 

If you have any questions or need any support you can contact your local immunisation team at: 0151 295 3833

You can learn more about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.

 

Children aged 5 to 11

Some 5 to 11-year-olds are more at risk from the virus or live with someone who has a severely weakened immune system. It’s now recommended that these children receive two paediatric doses of the vaccine 8 weeks apart. 

There will be several sites across Liverpool offering vaccination to eligible children aged 5 to 11. Your GP will contact you if your child is in one of these groups and will invite you to attend a vaccination centre.

Children attending for vaccination will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can give consent. You will also need to bring your letter from your GP with you as proof your child is eligible for a vaccination.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital will be hosting a series of Covid-19 vaccination clinics for 5-11 year olds who are considered at high risk of serious complications of Covid 19 infection - see here for more details.

 

Over 75s & those in care homes

This spring those who are aged 75 and over or who live in a care home for older people, will be offered an additional booster (4th dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is to help reduce your risk of these groups getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

You will be contacted by the NHS when you are due for a spring booster, and you will usually be offered an appointment around 6 months after your last dose.

 

People with a severely weakened immune system

If you were immunosuppressed at the time of the administration of your first two doses, you should receive a third primary dose at least eight weeks later, and a fourth booster dose 3 months after the third primary dose.

The third primary dose for people with a weakened immune system is different to a booster dose, as it can be given from 8 weeks after the second dose of vaccine was administered.

A 4th booster dose can then be given 3 months after the third dose.

This includes people who had or have:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a 3rd dose
  • If you're eligible for a 3rd dose and 4th dose (booster), the NHS will let you know when and where to have the vaccine.

You will require proof of eligibility for a third primary dose and 4th dose (booster) when attending a vaccination appointment or walk-in clinic. Your consultant or GP practice will be able to help you with this.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for people with a weakened immune system on GOV.UK

 

Children at high risk from COVID-19

Some children are also being offered 2 doses of the vaccine, if:

  • they live with someone who is very high risk with a weakened immune system 
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19 themselves

Conditions that mean your child may be at high risk and eligible for 2 doses are:

  • a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
  • Down's syndrome
  • severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
  • a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)

If your child is eligible for 2 doses of the vaccine, you'll be contacted by the NHS to arrange their appointments.

 

Health & social care workers

Frontline health and care staff are now eligible to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine appointment to help increase protection for staff in roles involving face-to-face contact with patients.

As with all boosters, it must be at least three months since your second dose in order to have a booster. The different options for getting your booster are listed below:

  • If you work for an NHS Trust, follow your employer’s guidance about how to access your workplace booster.
  • All frontline health and social care staff can also book their appointment through the National Booking System here or by ringing 119.
  • You can also look for Liverpool drop-in sites (no appointment required) offering boosters here liverpoolccg.nhs.uk/drop-in-vaccination

When you arrive for your vaccination – whether for a booked appointment or at a drop-in session – you will need to confirm that you are a frontline health or social care worker by providing one of the following:

  • A workplace photo ID,
  • A recent letter from your employer (last 3 months), or
  • A recent payslip which shows your employer (last 3 months).