About the programme
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS.
COVID vaccines are available to everyone aged 12 or over.
Vaccinations are being offered through:
- Local vaccination centres - GP-led services, including GP practices and community facilities
- Large vaccination centres - large sites, such as sports and conference venues, set up for high volumes of people
- Walk-in vaccination clinics – sites set up in different locations for short periods of time
- Schools – for children aged 12 to 15
The order in which people are offered the COVID-19 vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Rollout in Oxfordshire
Over 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations have now been delivered in Oxfordshire. Getting the jab is the most important thing people can do to protect themselves, their families and friends.
Vaccinations for people aged 18 or over
You can get your first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over.
You can book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy on the national booking service, or you can wait to be invited by the NHS to go to a local vaccination centre.
You can also book your vaccination if you will turn 18 in the next three months.
Vaccination booster programme
Booster jabs will begin to be offered across the UK to the priority groups set out nationally by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Those eligible include care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, adult carers and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
If you are eligible for a booster, you will be contacted by the NHS, who will let you know when it’s your turn.
The booster vaccine is a single dose and will be offered no earlier than six months after completion of the second dose.
Vaccinations for people aged 16 and 17
You can get your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 16 or 17.
You can ‘grab a jab’ at one of the county’s walk-in vaccination clinics, including the Kassam Stadium in Oxford. Booking is not required.
If you are registered with a GP practice in Oxfordshire, you may be contacted via text, phone, or letter inviting you to get your jab at a local GP-led vaccination site.
Vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15
All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Most children will be given the vaccine at school. Alternative provision will be made for those who are home-schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings. Parents and guardians will receive a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered.
Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes.
A government leaflet is available, which explains the vaccination programme for children and young people.