About the Covid-19 vaccines

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna have been approved for use in the UK. The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. People can now book their vaccine appointment. Check the NHS website to see if you are eligible to book an appointment without waiting to be contacted. When you are called for a vaccine it is critical you keep your appointment.

There is evidence that black and ethnic minority people are being unequally impacted by COVID-19 with more serious illnesses and deaths recorded. The vaccine is safe, and it saves lives: not just yours, but also other people's by helping to stop the virus. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, or it has been your age group's turn to get the vaccine but you have not yet had an appointment, please contact your GP or ring the NHS on 119.

COVID-19 Frequently asked questions

You might have questions about the vaccine. The NHS has put together some useful FAQs.

Why should I get the vaccine? SHOW


How do I get the vaccine? SHOW


Is the vaccine safe? SHOW


Does the vaccine give you COVID? SHOW


Could the vaccine be less effective for black people and other minority groups? SHOW


Does the vaccine include pork, gelatine or other animal products? SHOW


Can Muslims have the vaccine under Islamic law? SHOW


How is the COVID-19 vaccine given? SHOW


How long does the vaccine take to become effective? SHOW


Is the vaccine vegan/vegetarian friendly? SHOW


Can I have the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? SHOW


Who cannot have the vaccine? SHOW


I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine? SHOW


Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated? SHOW


Are there any known or anticipated side effects? SHOW


I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well? SHOW


Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu? SHOW


For more information, go to the NHS website.