Staying well

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has begun to residents in Essex. First it's being given to priority groups:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • some people aged 70 and over
  • some people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

Then to all residents in age order.

Getting the vaccine

You do not need to do anything. The NHS or your GP will invite you to be vaccinated when it is your turn.

You need to be given 2 doses of the vaccine, 12 weeks apart. You will be given your second appointment date at the same time or after your first dose.

The coronavirus vaccine is only available on the NHS

It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination. The NHS or your GP will let you know when its your turn to have the vaccine.

Don't respond to any invitations for a vaccination unless you're sure it's sent from the NHS or your GP.

Vaccines are free on the NHS so don't respond to calls, texts or emails if you're asked to pay for it.

Where you get the vaccine

You'll be given an appointment:

  • at one of the hospital vaccination hubs in Essex
  • by your GP
  • at one of the new large-scale vaccination centres which are opening across Essex

For more information about the vaccination roll-out in Essex visit Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

Your questions about the vaccine

The NHS has more information about the vaccine. It will answer your questions about:

  • who can get the vaccine and when
  • pregnancy and the vaccine
  • how the vaccine is given
  • side effects and safety of the vaccine
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