Please do not contact the NHS before you’ve had an invitation to be vaccinated

24 December 2020

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

We will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Vaccinations are by appointment only – please don’t turn up to the hospital to be vaccinated unless you have a vaccination appointment.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Further information:

For more information visit the NHS England website

Update 5 January 2021: If you are over the age of 80 and are due to attend an appointment at Kingston Hospital this week, you may be offered the COVID vaccination.

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