Updated 22 June 2022
Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19. They are highly effective in preventing hospital admission and serious illness. It is important that everyone comes forward when they are eligible.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine?
- 1st and 2nd doses – for everyone aged 5 and above
- children and young people who are aged 5 to 17 year olds are offered a 2nd dose at 12 weeks from 1st vaccine
- children and young people who are at high risk from COVID-19 are offered a 2nd dose at 8 weeks
- adults aged 18 and over are offered a 2nd dose at 8 weeks from 1st vaccine
- Booster vaccines – for everyone aged 16 and above, and young people aged 12 to 15 who are at high risk of COVID-19
- You can have it at 3 months (91 days) from your 2nd vaccine
- However, if you are eligible you can now pre-book a booster dose from 2 months (61 days) after their 2nd dose
- Spring booster – for everyone aged 75 and over, residents in care homes for older adults, and individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system
- People are advised to wait 6 months since their previous dose to get maximum protection from a spring booster
Having your vaccine after testing positive for COVID-19
- Young people aged 5 to 17 who are not in a high-risk group should wait 12 weeks after a positive test showing COVID-19 infection before a vaccine dose.
- Those aged 18 and above, or aged 5 to 17 in clinical at-risk groups, can take up their vaccine offer 28 days after a positive test.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccinations (16+)
If you haven't already taken up the offer of the vaccine, or you are due your second, booster or Spring booster dose you should:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online
- call 119 free of charge to make an appointment
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination session
No NHS number or ID is required but it does speed things up if you do have your NHS number with you.
Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, can also get the COVID-19 vaccine for free.
If you call 119, you can speak to a translator if you need to.
If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.
British Sign Language resources:
- COVID-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources - GOV.UK
- if you need BSL information about vaccinations, see these videos on the government website
COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 to 15 year olds
Children aged 5 to 11 and those aged 12 to 15 can get first and second vaccinations:
- by booking an appointment online or by calling 119. In Brighton & Hove these appointments are at Churchill Square and Brighton Racecourse on certain days after school and on weekends. A parent or carer must attend.
- at a walk-in site offering vaccinations for 5 to 15 year olds. In Brighton & Hove this includes certain days at Churchill Square. A parent or carer must attend but no appointment is needed.
All parents, carers and guardians should have received details of any sessions at your school, as well as the consent process, and next steps.
If you’re under 18 years old and at high risk from COVID-19, you’re eligible for a second dose from 8 weeks after your first dose. The National Booking Service will only offer appointments from 12 weeks after your first dose. To get your second dose from 8 weeks, please take a letter from a GP that says you’re eligible for a second dose from 8 weeks.
More info for young people
A dedicated website, Everything Covid, has been set up for young people with all you need to know about the vaccine programme and the vaccines themselves.
A Textline is also available by texting 07312277727. It provides access to expert advice from registered healthcare professionals for those wanting to find out more about the vaccine and includes information on consent issues and process.
Talk to the vaccine team if you have concerns about getting your vaccine
It’s really important that you get all the COVID-19 vaccines you are eligible for so that you have the strongest protection against the virus, prevent the worst effects and reduce risk of infection to those around you.
There are many reasons why people haven’t had their vaccines yet. Not everyone feels comfortable having an injection, some people are scared of needles or needle-phobic, some may be anxious about leaving the house, visiting an unfamiliar place or worried about side-effects of the different vaccines, and others may be struggling to get out to a vaccine site.
If you have any concerns the vaccine team can talk it through with you, or you can request a call back from a clinician if you would prefer, to help find the best way for you to get your COVID-19 vaccine.
This could include helping you to find a venue you feel comfortable in or transport to get you there, booking your appointment, talking through any worries you might have about needles or getting an injection, and where appropriate they could even arrange a home visit if needed.
To talk to one of the vaccine team, please call 0300 303 8060 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email email@example.com.
Update your vaccine record if you’ve had your vaccine overseas
If you've had a COVID-19 vaccination outside England, it won't automatically show on your medical records or in the NHS App.
To update your vaccination record, book a vaccine checking appointment. The team will check and update your records and the national system. You can then download an NHS COVID pass when you need it.
This service is at Churchill Square in Brighton & Hove and Northgate Square in Chichester. It is also available at other locations around the country. You cannot walk-in.
Book your vaccine checking appointment online or phone 119.
You'll need to know your NHS number and take evidence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had outside England.
Who can use this service
You can use this service if you or your child are aged 5 years old or over, have an NHS number and have received one of the following vaccines outside England:
- Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
- Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
- Moderna (Spikevax)
- Institute of India (Covishield)
- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
- SinoVac (CoronaVac)
- Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)
You’ll need to bring your passport as your photographic ID and evidence of the vaccination you want recorded. This could be a vaccination card, certificate or email confirmation.
If staff can't confirm your identity or your vaccination documentation, they won't be able to update your record.
It can take up to 10 working days for your records to be updated.
Read more about how to tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad.
Free parking and other support to help you get your vaccination
One hour free parking is available for anyone getting a vaccine at Churchill Square. To claim your free hour please use the orange car park on Regency Road East. You will need to take a ticket and then provide proof of your vaccination appointment to the security officer, who will validate your ticket.
There is also free parking at Brighton Racecourse.
A free transport service is available to help people who do not have the means to travel to their vaccination appointment and need help to get there and back. To book free travel please book your vaccination appointment or have confirmed plans to attend a walk-in session first, then call 01444 275 008 to speak to a travel coordinator (10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday).
Ageing Well can also help people get to the mobile vaccination service. You can phone 07770 061 072 to arrange this.
YMCA Youth Advice Centre offers a vaccine buddy scheme for young people under 26 who live in Brighton & Hove and need support with booking, transport or finding locations, and staff can go with them to their appointment. For more information, email YACCOVIDFUND@ymcadlg.org or phone 01273 624 432.
Find out more about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme, including FAQs.
If you can’t find an answer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the vaccine enquiry phone line: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).
COVID-19 vaccination and testing scam alert
Some people have received suspicious calls, text messages and some face to face calls at the doorstep offering the COVID-19 vaccination or advising that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and asking you to pay for a test.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, please remember that the NHS will not:
- text you and ask you to enter personal details on a link
- call you and ask you to press buttons on a keypad
- ask for payment or for any bank details
- ask to come to your home
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to email@example.com
If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726 (which is free-of-charge)
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.
If you have any information relating to NHS COVID Pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting CrimeStoppers online at covidfraudhotline.org or call on 0800 587 5030.
If any money has been taken from your account please contact your bank or building society immediately and let them know what's happened..