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Who can have the vaccine
Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses, will be offered a 3rd dose and a booster (4th dose).
People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, are being offered a 2nd booster, also called the “spring” booster. If you are eligible, you can have a spring booster 6 months after your last dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The NHS has made it easier than ever for people who are immunosuppressed (have a weakened immune system) to get their boosters – they can now show they are eligible by providing one of the following:
- a letter from a GP team or specialist inviting them for a vaccine,
- a hospital or GP letter about their medication or treatment,
- or a prescription or medication box with their name and date on it.
The process for getting your vaccination, the type of vaccine you will be offered and the number of doses you will receive depends on your age or any health conditions you may have.
Detailed information about the vaccine and who is currently eligible can be found on the national NHS website.
How to get the vaccine
Clinics are taking place across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and many are on a walk-in basis so you don’t even need to make an appointment. You will find details of the walk-in clinics further down this page.
If you are aged 16 or over:
- Book using the National Booking Service or 119, or
- Your GP practice will contact you, or
- You can attend a walk-in clinic without needing an appointment.
If you are aged between 5 and 15:
- Parents or guardians can book using the National Booking Service or call 119
- Some walk-in clinics are open to 5-15 year olds
- Children who are clinically vulnerable will be invited to special clinics and some walk-in clinics are also open to children who are clinically vulnerable.