Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

COVID-19 booster dose

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 16 and over.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the vaccine.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine

If you're aged 12 or over you can:

Booking your 2nd or booster dose

People aged 5 or over are eligible for a 2nd dose.

People aged 18 or over should have their 2nd dose from 8 weeks after their 1st dose and a booster dose 91 days after the second dose. 

People aged 16 or 17 should have their 2nd dose from 12 weeks after their 1st dose and a booster dose 91 days after the second dose. 

About the types of vaccine

In the UK, there are 3 types of COVID-19 vaccine to be used that have been approved. They require 3 doses to provide the best protection.

Which vaccine will I get?

We’re only using Pfizer at Upton Surgery. You might be offered a different vaccine at massive vaccination centres. You cannot usually choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines.

For example:

  • if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines
  • if you're under 18, you'll only be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose.

Will the vaccine protect you?

Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against COVID-19 variants

The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you've had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.


Watch an NHS YouTube video explaining what's in the COVID-19 vaccines and how they work

Side effects and safety

The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

They can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them.

Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines side effects and safety

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility

You can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • you're pregnant or think you might be
  • you're breastfeeding
  • you're trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future

The vaccines you'll be offered depends if you're pregnant and how old you are. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Find out more about pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and COVID-19 vaccination



We have now invited all our patients age 16+ for a booster - for whom we have a mobile number, and will be inviting those who only have a landline recorded on their notes by calling them. We have also invited all our patients aged 5+ for a 1st and 2nd dose. 
If you haven't had or haven't booked a Covid-19 vaccine, please contact us.
If you need to speak to someone please be polite to our receptionists, they are working with the same information as our clinicians. If you have an queries about the vaccination please email the surgery at
Please be kind and respectful, we are working our hardest for you at this very difficult time.
Scammers are sending emails that invite users to input their bank details into a website to confirm their COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 
The NHS will never ask you to share bank details or pay for a vaccine.
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Make sure you have you contact details updated, including mobile numbers, and check all notifications from the Surgery, including text messages. 


Vaccination Programme for children and young people

Children and young people

COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people aged 12 to 15 years

Children and young people

Pregnant? Have your COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant? Have your COVID-19 vaccine

Your guide to booster vaccination

Your guide to booster vaccination

Waiting after your COVID-19 vaccination

Waiting after your COVID-19 vaccination

12-15 years old children consent form

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