You should wait until you are invited to take the vaccine and should not call your GP. If an appointment has already been offered by your GP, you can choose which appointment suits you best.
In addition, the NHS has opened its first seven NHS Vaccination Centres to jab people aged 80 and over, along with health and social care staff. The seven large-scale sites, capable of delivering thousands of the life-saving jabs each week, will be followed by dozens more. Letters are being sent out to more than 600,000 people aged 80 who live up to a 45-minute drive from one of the new centres, inviting them to book an appointment.
Hundreds more GP-led and hospital services are in the process of being opened along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200.
The centres are an additional option for people, who can book an appointment at one of the seven centres through the national booking service online or over the phone. If it is not convenient for you, you can instead be jabbed at one of your local vaccination centres in the coming weeks.
The NHS Vaccination Programme, the biggest in the health service’s history, is being delivered as health service staff are treating record numbers of seriously ill patients with COVID, caused by rapidly rising infection numbers.