Coronavirus (Covid-19): service updates, support and health advice.

The NHS has information about the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine.

Beware of vaccine scams. You will never be asked personal information or for payment as part of the NHS free Covid-19 vaccination programme. 

Easy-read and other languages

NHS and Public Health England have the following easy-read leaflets:

GOV.UK has an easy-read consent form for adults to download.

Vaccination information in other languages:

The vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

You cannot catch Covid-19 from the vaccine.

The vaccines approved for use in the UK meet strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Millions of people have been given a Covid-19 vaccine and serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare.

There is no evidence that the vaccine affects fertility.

The Covid-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

The vaccine is given as 2 doses. You will have the second dose 3 to 12 weeks after having the first dose.

Vaccine for people under 30

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced changes to the guidance around the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.

This is in relation to the extremely rare (around 4 people for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given) blood clots and low platelet count in a small number of people following vaccination with the first dose of AstraZeneca.

As this is seen slightly more often in younger people, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that it is preferable for adults aged under 30 with no additional risk factors to receive an alternative first vaccine.

If you have already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without serious side-effects you should complete the course.

Public Health England has further information on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The vaccination programme

The vaccination programme is organised in phases.

The NHS is prioritising giving the vaccine to those most at risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19. The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on independent advice from medical experts.

GOV.UK has information on the groups and the order of vaccination.

You will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn to get the vaccine. You can book an appointment using the national booking service.

Vaccination appointments

Visit the NHS website to check if you are eligible and book an appointment.

You cannot choose which vaccination you get (with the exception of people aged under 30 who are being offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine).

Vaccination sites

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Healthier Together website has a list of vaccination sites and walk in clinics.

People who work in social care

People with hands-on roles in social care who have been offered their Covid-19 vaccination include:

  • care home staff
  • personal assistants for individuals receiving Direct Payments
  • carers in supported living or extra care housing settings
  • day centre staff
  • domiciliary care workers

If you or your staff have not been invited to get vaccinated,

If you or your staff have not been invited to get vaccinated, you can use the national booking service or contact us by email

Unpaid carers

If you get Carer’s Allowance or are the sole or main carer for a clinically vulnerable person you are in priority group 6 and should have been invited to get vaccinated.

You can find out more on our support for carers page.

Other things that can help

The government has provided British Sign Language (BSL) resources about the Covid-19 vaccine:

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