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Millions of people in the UK have received their COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccine is safe and effective, and provides the best protection from COVID-19.
Research has shown the vaccines help:
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the biggest in NHS history.
The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.
The order in which people are offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver the vaccine while at the same time continuing to be there for everyone who needs care. Here’s how we can help them:
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that every adult will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of December, we are working closely with our colleagues across the NHS to increase capacity and deliver the vaccination programme.
There are several ways to access the COVID-19 vaccine and we are working incredibly hard to increase what is already available. You can get your COVID-19 booster at:
Appointments will be added to the NHS National Booking Service so please keep checking and use this to book your appointment. Alternatively, you can call 119, or you may be contacted by your GP practice.
If you’ve not had your first or second dose of the vaccination, it’s not too late – you can book now or attend a walk-in clinic.
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions that might be useful for you.
Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms, even if mild:
Stay at home until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Check if people you live with need to self-isolate
Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.
Many factors can influence our physical and psychological wellbeing. There are many options available to help you keep healthy and happy if you find that you’re struggling with your mental health at the moment.
Using the NHS COVID-19 app helps stop the spread of the virus. It tells you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus later (even if you don’t know each other). The app is free and easy to use, and can help you protect your loved ones and others.
The app also allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test and check in to venues using a QR code. To help protect yourself and others, download and use the latest version of the NHS COVID-19 app.
The app tracks coronavirus, not you. It doesn’t store any personal information about you or track your location. It can’t access your phone contacts. It keeps your privacy and identity secure.
The app is available in different languages and is easy to download for free. Search ‘NHS Covid19’ where you usually get your apps from on your smartphone
For more information including a video explaining the app, visit covid19.nhs.uk
This page was updated on 13 Dec 2021 and is due for review by 13 Dec 2022
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