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

At this time, the vaccine is being offered to:

  • people aged 16 and over – you can walk-in or wait to be called by your GP
  • anyone aged 18 or over does not need to wait to be called and can book an appointment here main booking site or can walk in to one of our clinics in south west London walk-in page.
  • All 12 to 15 year olds are now eligible for their Covid-19 vaccination – to be delivered as a part of the schools based vaccination programme.
  • 12 to 15 who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone who is severely immunosuppressed, will have been contacted before 23rd August by a local NHS service such as a GP or hospital, to confirm their eligibility and process of vaccination.
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • people who are 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. 

Eligible children aged 12 to 15 who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone who is severely immunosuppressed, will have been contacted before 23rd August by a local NHS service such as a GP or hospital. Parents and Carers will have been informed of their child’s vaccine eligibility and invited to book an appointment. Bookings started from the 23rd August onwards.

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 in 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.

Care home staff and front line care workers 

Covid-19 Vaccination
From 11th November 2021, government guidance states that anyone working or volunteering in a care home will need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. 16 September 2021 is the last date for care home workers to get their first dose to ensure that they are fully vaccinated by the time regulations come into force. You can read the government guidance here or find the easy read version at covid-19 vaccination of people working or volunteering in care homes easy read.

The Department of Health and Social Care have advised that on a temporary basis, care home workers who are exempt from the COVID-19 Vaccination will need to sign a form to share with their employer as proof of their exemption status. Access the self-certification form here.

Once the NHS covid pass system is launched, care home workers will be able to apply for a formal medical exemption.

Some examples of medical exemption could include individuals receiving hospital care or medication that interacts with the vaccination, allergy to an ingredient in the vaccines or an adverse reaction to their first dose, individuals with a learning disability, autism or an impairment that results in vaccination or testing being distressing and also individuals who are pregnant – can certify for a time limited exemption.

You can access further information including the self-certification form here.


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: