Who’s being prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine?

At this time, the vaccine is being offered to:

  • people aged 18 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • people health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You’ll only be offered an appointment if you’re in one of these priority groups.

The priority groups are set out in the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Find out why some people are being prioritised (PDF)

If you’re in one of the priority groups you can book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre or community pharmacy site online or by calling 119 for free (7am – 11pm, seven days a week). Alternatively, you can wait
to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

People at high risk

COVID-19 can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are a range of factors used to identify people who are at higher risk, including existing health conditions, age, ethnicity, homelessness, deprivation and body mass index. 

If you’re not sure if you’re at high risk, visit nhs.uk to read more. If you’re at high risk you can book an appointment to be vaccinated.

Read more about how to book an appointment

Care home staff, residents and front line care workers

Before the first vaccines were delivered in early December 2020 we began to work with care homes across all our boroughs to reach out to care home staff as a top priority group.

In a major milestone for the NHS vaccination programme, nurses, GPs and other NHS staff have offered the life-saving jab to people living at more than 10,000 care homes with older residents in south west London.

We’re working closely with council colleagues to coordinate vaccine appointments for any front line social care workers, including front line domiciliary and agency staff, who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccination.


About the vaccine, the vaccination programme and many other topics.

If you want to know more about COVID-19 and its symptoms visit nhs.uk.

Vaccination rollout in your area

Find out more about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in your borough: