ALL adults in England (18+) can now book their vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are being offered to:
- people aged 18 and over
- people at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who live or work in care homes
- health and social care workers
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
You'll be contacted by the NHS when you're eligible.
You do not need to wait to be contacted if you're in a group listed above. You may be able to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online now.
If you did not book when you were contacted, you're still eligible and can book your appointments anytime.
What is the Government’s plan to rapidly scale up the vaccination programme?
As of 13 May, over 35 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine.
The vaccination roll-out is a huge logistical effort and planning has been underway for months. We're using vaccination centres, hospital hubs, GPs, and pharmacists to support and deliver the roll-out.
When will I receive a vaccine?
The NHS is already offering them to the most vulnerable people.
It is important to note that the NHS will contact you when it is your turn and you should wait for the invitation.
How are you deciding who gets the vaccine first?
As stated, the JCVI have set the priority categories for the vaccine roll-out. The have done this on the basis of who is most likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, or even worse, to die from it.
88% of COVID deaths so far have been people in the top 4 most vulnerable categories. This is why the Government committed to offering everyone in these groups the vaccine by 15 February.
Why aren't other key workers getting the vaccine at the same time as frontline health and social care staff?
The vaccine is being given first to those who are most vulnerable to the virus. Health and social care workers are more vulnerable to getting seriously ill because of the large amount of the virus that they come into contact with when helping people who have it. They are also regularly working with other vulnerable people who could get the virus seriously.
Once we have gone through the JCVI's list, that is when we should start looking at vaccinating our key workers before others.
Why is there now a 12-week wait between vaccine doses?
In short, this will save lives. After dose 1, we receive about 89% protection against the virus - this is increased by about 5-6% after dose 2.
It is much better to give 2 grandparents 89% protection than to give one 95-6% and the other none at all. It is important that we vaccinate as many people as possible.
As ever, if you have any other queries, feel free to email me at ruth.edwards.mp.@parliament.uk
NHS COVID-19 Dashboard: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccinat…
Gov.UK COVID-19 Dashboard: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
JCVI Advice on Priority Categories: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavi…
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group COVID-19 Dasboard: https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-in-nottingham-and…