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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and advice

Get your COVID-19 vaccine

Find out who can get the COVID-19 vaccine and how to get it.

Who can get the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone aged 12 and over.

Find out more about who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 booster vaccine

The NHS is offering a booster vaccine dose to people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had two doses of the vaccine.

Protection given by the COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time. A booster dose helps give you longer protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Warning The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have a booster dose. It's important not to contact the NHS for one before they contact you.

Groups eligible for a booster vaccine include:

  • people aged 50 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
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • 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.

For more information on booster doses, please visit the NHS website

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine

If you are 16 or over, you can get your vaccine in any of the following ways:

  • Book an appointment on the National Booking System. (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.)
  • If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge (lines are open 7am to 11pm). 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.
  • Get your vaccination at a walk-in clinic (no need to book). To find a walk-in clinic near you, please go to the NHS website or view the information below about our vaccination bus mobile drop-in clinics.

All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered. Most children will be given their vaccine at school. Some children are being offered two doses of the vaccine if either:

  • they 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)
  • they have a condition that means they are at high risk from COVID-19

If your child is eligible for two doses of the vaccine, you will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments. You can find out more about which children are eligible for two doses on the NHS website

You can find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people on the GOV.UK website

Bath Racecourse bus service changes

If you are travelling to Bath Racecourse for a booked vaccination appointment from Tuesday 28 September, we advise you to take the Lansdown Park & Ride Service (No. 31) from Milsom Street in Bath City Centre.

A free shuttle bus 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. The shuttle bus is wheelchair accessible.

View the Bath Racecourse shuttle bus timetable
 
Day Times
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
Saturday 3pm to 6.15pm (the last bus from the Park & Ride is at 5.30pm, the last bus from Bath Racecourse is at 6.15pm)

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.

Highlight of the location of translation facility at top centre of webpage

Vaccinations for employers

As an employer, you are in a unique position to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme by encouraging staff to get both their first jab and then, when they are eligible, their second jab, 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.