Updated 15 October
First and second dose vaccinations for people aged 16 or over
Vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19. They are highly effective in preventing hospital admission and serious illness.
If you haven't already taken up the offer of the vaccine, or you are due your second dose (after 8 weeks) you can:
- find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination session where you can get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online or by calling 119 free of charge
- book your appointment directly with your GP when they contact you
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.
Please bring one form of ID (photo ID not required) and your NHS number, if you have them. You don’t need an NHS number but we will need a way to contact you (phone number or email).
Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, can also get the COVID-19 vaccine for free.
While the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives a good immunity to the virus, getting your second dose is vital to make sure you have the highest level of protection.
Everyone needs to make sure they have a second dose 8 to 12 weeks after their first dose. You can book online, call 119, or visit a walk in session.
COVID-19 booster vaccinations
People who are more vulnerable to the virus are being invited to top up their protection six months or more after receiving their second jab.
Those in line for a booster jab include everyone aged 50 and over, frontline health and social care workers and those aged between 16 and 49 with an underlying health condition putting them at greater risk from the virus.
People who are eligible will be invited by your local GP or you can book through the national booking service to attend a vaccination centre or pharmacy led service. You must be at six months from the date of your second vaccination to book a booster.
Frontline health and social care workers
The national booking service is now open for frontline health and social care staff to book a booster vaccine appointment if it has been 6 months since your second dose. This includes staff who are in a frontline role and are in direct contact with those who need social care support. Find out who is eligible and what you need to book.
Covid boosters and flu vaccines
The JCVI has also advised that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given together, however this is not always a possibility. It is important people take up the offer of both vaccines when they receive it, so people are encouraged to get both vaccinations as soon as possible rather than waiting for the possibility of getting them together.
COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds
Following advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers, the government has announced that people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
In Sussex, vaccination sessions will be held in schools. Each school will be offered a visit to provide the vaccination for 12 to 15 year old students. Vaccination healthcare staff will ask for parental, guardian or carer consent before vaccination, in line with existing school vaccination programmes including for HPV and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP).
Parents, guardians and carers will receive a letter with the details of the vaccination sessions, the consent process, and next steps.
Children aged 12 to 15 who are clinically extremely vulnerable
Children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a vaccination at their local vaccination service if:
- they have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19
- they live with someone who is more likely to get infections
If your child is eligible for vaccination, you’ll be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery or a team working on their behalf to arrange their appointments.
Read the GOV.UK guide on the COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12 to 17 year olds.
Support to help you get your vaccination
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, phone 0300 303 8060 from 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.
Find out more about the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme, including FAQs.
If you can’t find an answer, email email@example.com, or phone the vaccine enquiry phone line: 0800 433 4545 (open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).
COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
Some people have received suspicious calls, text messages and some face to face calls at the doorstep offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
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.