Find out who can get the COVID-19 vaccine and how to get it.
Who can get the vaccine?
Everyone aged 12 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine.
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine
If you're aged 16 or over you can get your vaccine in any of the following ways:
- Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online (You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
- Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- Wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them
If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. 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.
Children aged 12-15 who missed out on an in-school vaccination can still receive their COVID-19 vaccine from vaccine centres across the region, including Bath Racecourse.
Appointments at these sites are available outside of school hours, and during the Christmas holidays. They can be secured through the National Booking Service, either online or by calling 119. Families are asked to only attend a vaccination site once an appointment has been confirmed.
If you need support getting to a vaccination site
If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to get to a COVID-19 vaccination site due to accessibility, please call the Community Wellbeing Hub on 0300 247 0050. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm. The Hub will be able to arrange for a community transport provider to pick you up, take you to the vaccination site, and drop you home afterwards.
The COVID-19 booster vaccine
A booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine.
It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
If you're in an eligible group, you'll be offered appointment dates from 3 months after the date of your second dose.
You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online if it has been two months (61 days) since you had your second dose and you are in one or more of the eligible groups:
- people aged 18 and over
- people who live and work in care homes
- frontline health and social care workers
- people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who are the main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.
To book a booster vaccine dose, you need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.Book a booster vaccine
For more information on booster doses, please visit the NHS website
If you have had a positive COVID-19 test
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you need to wait 4 weeks (28 days) before getting any COVID-19 vaccination if you are:
- over 18 years old
- under 18 years old and at higher risk from COVID-19
If you’re under 18 years old and have tested positive for COVID-19, but you are not at higher risk from COVID-19, you need to wait 12 weeks before getting a first or second dose.
The 4 or 12 week period starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms. Please cancel and rebook your vaccination appointment for a later date if needed.
Bath Racecourse transport service
If you are travelling to Bath Racecourse for a booked vaccination appointment, we advise you to take the Lansdown Park & Ride Service (No. 31) from Milsom Street in Bath City Centre.
A free shuttle service will run from the Park & Ride on the hour and on the half hour to Bath Racecourse, returning from the Racecourse to the Park & Ride at quarter past and quarter to the hour. Most shuttles are wheelchair accessible, but we cannot guarantee this.
View the Bath Racecourse shuttle timetable
|Monday||10am to 2pm, 3pm to 7pm|
|Tuesday||10am to 2pm, 3pm to 7pm|
|Wednesday||10am to 2pm|
|Thursday||10am to 2pm|
|Friday||10am to 2pm|
For more information about the service, visit the national journey planner
What you can expect at your vaccination appointment
For information about how appointments work, and what you need to bring, please see the NHS website
If you have any doubts or queries about vaccination
Visit the COVID-19 vaccination pages of the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), where you can find a wide variety of information to answer your concerns.
If English is not your first language
Use the menu at the top of the CCG webpage to translate the information into your language.
Vaccinations for employers
As an employer, you are in a unique position to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme by encouraging staff to get their first and second doses, and if eligible, their booster dose, to ensure they have maximum protection.
Supporting your employees to get vaccinated comes with several benefits. Having the COVID-19 vaccine means:
- your employees can better protect themselves and those around them
- lower risk of your employees catching and spreading COVID-19 to colleagues, therefore reducing the negative impact on your workforce
- protecting your customers when using your services
- bringing your staff back safely into the workplace sooner
To find out more about how you can support vaccination of your workforce, please see COVID-19 vaccination: guide for employers and view Public Health England's Vaccination Employer's Toolkit.