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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine eligibility, type & when

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose and a booster (4th dose).

People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, will be offered a spring booster.

Types of COVID-19 vaccine  

The COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK are: ֍Moderna vaccine  ֍Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine  ֍Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

֍Janssen vaccine (not currently available)  ֍Novavax vaccine (not currently available)  ֍Valneva vaccine (not currently available)

Which vaccine will I get?

You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. If you book online, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines.

For example: 

֍ if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines

֍ if you're under 18, you'll only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

You should have the same vaccine for both your 1st and 2nd doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.  Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.  This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccine you had for your first 2 doses.

֍ 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over

֍ boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old

֍ spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system

֍ additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over

Information by age group

Children aged 5 to 11  

֍ All children aged 5 to 11 can receive two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over.

֍ Children and young people aged 5 to 11 who are at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection and those living with people who have a weakened immune system, are also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more in this guide for parents.

Children aged 12 to 15

֍ All children aged 12 to 15 years have been invited to receive both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with the second dose no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose.

֍ The School Age Immunisation Team will offer a first and second dose to all eligible 12- to 15-year-old children at mainstream secondary schools in Portsmouth in the spring 2022 term through the school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme.

֍ If a young person still needs their first dose, or is eligible for their second dose, they can:

Attend a local walk-in sitewith a parent or carer who can give consent (listed above) or search online for the nearest walk-in site, or book an appointment through the National Booking System or call 119.

> Attend vaccination day at school with a completed parental consent form. Schools will contact parents/carers directly with information about the school vaccination programme.

Anyone under the age of 18 who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19 must wait 12 weeks before they can have a vaccination.

Parents/carers of young people aged 12-15 will be asked to give consent for the vaccine. Find out more about the vaccination for young people on the NHS website.

Young people aged 16 and 17

Young people aged 16 and 17 can get a COVID-19 vaccine. They are given in two doses. You can have your second dose eight weeks after your first.

16- and 17-year-olds don’t need to be accompanied by, or have permission from, an adult to get the vaccine.

Anyone under the age of 18 who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not at high risk from COVID-19 must wait 12 weeks before they can have a vaccination.

Booster jabs

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first two doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.  You can get your booster dose if you had a second dose at least 12 weeks ago and you:

֍ Are aged 16 and over

֍ Are aged 12 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

֍ Are aged 12 and over and live with someone who is immunosuppressed

֍ Are a frontline health or social care worker

֍ Live or work in a care home

֍ People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

֍ If you have a weakened immune system and have had a third dose of the vaccine, you can get a booster dose from 12 weeks after your third dose.

֍ If you have a letter from your GP or hospital specialist inviting you for your third dose, you can get your booster at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site. You’ll need to bring your letter with you.

Spring Boosters

Spring booster vaccines are now available for people aged over 75, older residents in care homes and children and adults over 12 who have a weakened immune system.

 

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Advice in your region

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Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home.

Changes to testing

Symptoms

Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.

Testing

Find out if you should get a test for COVID-19, who can get free NHS tests, how to get tested, and what your test result means

Vaccination

Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.

NHS COVID Pass

Find out how to get your COVID Pass for travelling abroad and for certain venues and events in England.

What to do if you have or might have COVID-19

Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Self-care and treatments

Advice about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, and read about treatments for COVID-19.

People at higher risk

Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including people with health conditions and pregnant women.

How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19

Advice about what you can do to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

Long-term effects (long COVID)

Find out about the long-term effects COVID-19 can sometimes have and what help is available.

Using the NHS and other health services

Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.

Take part in research

Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app

Useful links:

 

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Book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

You can book these online:

  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over

  • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old

  • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system

  • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over

Use this service to book a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine or manage an appointment.

You'll be asked some questions and offered an appointment based on your previous vaccinations and the answers you give them.

You can also book for someone else, such as your child or someone you care for, if you have their consent. You'll need to enter their details when booking.

Walk-in sites

St James’ Hospital Portsmouth (Hamble House, St James’ Hospital, Nelson Drive, off Edenbridge Road, Southsea, PO4 8LD)

  • Open to anyone aged 12 or over for first and second doses
  • Open to anyone aged 16 and over for booster doses
  • Seven days per week
  • 8am – 8pm daily

Laly’s Pharmacy (1 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2RY)

  • Monday – Saturday, 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
  • Sunday, 10am – 2pm
  • Moderna and Pfizer vaccines only
  • Over 16s only

Goldchem Pharmacy (147a Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW)

  • Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6.30pm
  • Saturday, 9am – 12.30pm
  • 16+ for first, second and booster doses

There are also pop-up clinics happening across the city–please check the Portsmouth City Council COVID vaccination webpage for the most up-to-date list.

Appointments are not needed for walk-ins, just turn up and get your jab. More walk-in clinics are being organised for other areas across the city.

Please remember to cancel your appointment if you have one booked and you can’t make it or you end up going elsewhere. You can do this using the NHS National Booking Service