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2023 Autumn Covid19 vaccines Posted on 13 Sep 2023

On 18 September, the National Booking System will open up to allow those eligible to book in for their vaccines. National Covid-19 vaccine invites will also commence from this date. These will start with those most at risk, including those who are immunosuppressed

Those eligible for an autumn Covid-19 vaccine are:

  • Residents in a care home for older adults
  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • Persons aged six months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • Persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
  • Persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers and staff working in care homes for older adults.

National Booking Service

We're providing systems that enable people to book appointments across England.

The National Booking Service is made up of:

NHS App users can also book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment.

There is also a telephone service, 119, for people who cannot or do not want to use the online booking service. NHS England runs this. The phoneline operators use the Book a coronavirus vaccination service on behalf of callers.

Online booking service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment

The coronavirus vaccination booking service will accept appointment bookings from people who have received a notification from the NHS, through the national service by text or letter, asking them to book. People who have not received a notification may also be eligible to book using the service.

The service accepts bookings from eligible people registered with a GP in England. 

Users provide their NHS number which is used to check they are eligible, and helps ensure that information about their vaccination is saved to their medical records. Those without an NHS number can be vaccinated at walk-in sites.

Users can book first, second doses, and booster appointments, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The service sends users a booking confirmation, by text message or email, which they take to the vaccination centre when they go to their appointment.

The service also allows people to cancel and re-book their appointments if they need to.

Overseas vaccinations recording service

The overseas vaccinations recording service enables people to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations they have had outside of England. This is so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record.

NHS App users

People who use the NHS App can also book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment. A menu option displayed within the app provides the same online coronavirus (COVID-19) booking service but uses the login credentials already given when logging into the NHS App.

You must be logged in to the NHS App to use this feature.