The NHS is offering everyone aged 5 and over the COVID-19 vaccine.
People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
People aged 5 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their 1st or 2nd dose will be offered an additional primary dose (3rd dose) before any booster doses.
Some people, including those aged 50 years or over, those at higher risk or who are pregnant, and frontline health and social care workers, will be offered a seasonal booster (autumn booster).
Appointments should be booked through the National COVID-19 Vaccine Booking System for vaccination centres and pharmacies.
If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. The NHS has published guidance explaining how long you will need to wait.
For more information visit the COVID-19 vaccination NHS website.
How to get the vaccine
If you are over 16 you can find out how to get a vaccination on the NHS website or you can visit a walk-in vaccination clinic.
Appointments for children aged 5-16 are available at selected vaccination centres and pharmacies. They can be booked online on the NHS website.
Walk-in vaccination clinics
For the most up to date list of walk-in clinics in the Tees Valley, visit the North East and North Cumbria NHS website.
Further information about the vaccination
There are a number of information leaflets and guides available with further information and advice:
- leaflets about the booster vaccination are available on the COVID-19 vaccination booster dose resources page on GOV.UK
- leaflets about the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds are available on the COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children aged 5 to 11 years page on GOV.UK
- leaflets about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 17 year olds are available on the COVID-19 vaccination resources for children and young people aged 12 to 17 years page on GOV.UK
- a leaflet about what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination is also available
- the charity SignHealth provides Coronavirus vaccination information in British Sign Language (BSL) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People provide updates for blind and partially sighted residents
There is also a range of vaccine advice in easy read format from the charity Mencap.
The following guides are available for pregnant or breastfeeding women:
Vaccine information is also available in additional languages on the BBC website: