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
- 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 1.3 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 16 or over
You can get your first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 or over.
To get vaccinated, you can:
- book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments online, with appointments available at local vaccination centres and pharmacies
- go to one of the region’s walk-in vaccination clinics. Booking is not required.
- wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book an appointment with them.
If you cannot book an appointment online, you can call 119 free of charge.
Please do not attend a vaccination service without an appointment unless it is a specified walk-in clinic; patients who do not have an appointment will be turned away as priority will be given to those who have booked.
Vaccination booster programme
Everyone aged 16 and over is now eligible for a booster jab. The booster will be given no sooner than three months after the second dose of the vaccine.
To get a booster, you can:
- Book a vaccination appointment online, with appointments available at local vaccination centres and pharmacies.
- Go to one of the region’s walk-in vaccination clinics. Booking is not required. Local sites are listed on the NHS website, with details of what types of vaccination they are offering, which vaccine is available, and opening times.
- Wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book an appointment with them.
Autumn 2022 booster programme
A booster of the COVID vaccine is now available to people aged 65 and over and those with underlying health conditions.
From October, those aged 60 and over will receive a letter from the NHS inviting them to book their vaccination appointment. The over 50s should receive their letter later in October.
When you receive a letter inviting you for your autumn booster, you can book an appointment on the NHS website or by phoning 119. Alternatively, you can visit a walk-in vaccination site without an appointment. Visit the NHS website for details of locations and opening hours.
Vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15
All children aged 12 to 15 are being offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. This will be no sooner than 12 weeks after the first dose.
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.
Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes.
Parents can also book a jab for their child aged 12-15 through the NHS National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccinations or call 119 free of charge. Appointments are available at local vaccine centres including the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, GP practices and community pharmacies.
12-15 year olds can also go to a walk-in vaccination site for their jab – booking is not required. Local sites include the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.
Some children aged 12 to 15 can get a booster dose if they have a condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19 or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system. Children who are eligible for a booster should wait to be contacted by a local NHS service.
A government leaflet is available, which explains the vaccination programme for children and young people.
Vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11
Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible for two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine following updated Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation guidance.
The majority of vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds will take place at local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours.
Parents can book a jab for their child through the NHS National Booking Service for COVID-19 vaccinations or call 119 free of charge.
Vaccination if you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test
If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
People aged 18 and over, and eligible children aged 5 to 11, need to wait 4 weeks. Children and young people aged 12 to 17 need to wait 12 weeks.
This starts from the date you had symptoms, or the date of the positive test if you did not have any symptoms.
Read more about the vaccine and the vaccination programme.