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.
How do I book my COVID-19 vaccine?
- Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online through the NHS website
- Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- If you cannot book appointments online, you can call 119 free of charge. You can speak to a translator if you need to.
- If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.
How well do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
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 first 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:
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