THE UK'S coronavirus vaccine programme is in full swing and so far over 24.1 million Brits have received a first dose of the jab.

Two vaccines are being administered including the Pfizer/BioNTech offering.

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Over 1.5 million Brits have received a second dose of the jab and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that all adults will have received a vaccine by July.

As well as the Pfizer vaccine, doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab are also being rolled out.

Brits have been urged to continue to attend their appointments after several countries suspended their use of the AstraZeneca jab amid fears of blood clots.

Regulators, the government and scientists alike in the UK have all said the jabs are safe and that the blood clots are just a "coincidence".

Here we look at where you can get the vaccine near you and how to book an appointment.

Where can I get the Pfizer vaccine?

Brits don't have a choice as to what vaccine they have and when you arrive at your appointment you will be given either the Pfizer jab or the AstraZeneca jab.

It might be the case that you are unable to take a vaccine due to the ingredients.

Both vaccines require two doses and the programme is being rolled out so the most vulnerable receive their jabs first and so that everyone can get one dose sooner than later.

Because of this, it's not possible to choose one jab over another.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has determined the jab priority list and the group says it has no preference when it comes to jabs.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said because jabs are made at different speeds by different manufactures, it's not possible for jab centres to choose the stock they have and it's not possible for individuals to choose a vaccine.

He said: "The vaccines we are using are all approved by the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and they are all good choices.

"The JCVI does not recommend any specific vaccines for specific patient groups. The results from clinical trials are all different and each company measured slightly different outcomes. "

He added that vaccines are effective in preventing admission to hospital with Covid.

When you are called for your jab it will either be at a Covid vaccine centre, your local GP surgery or a pharmacy.

If you are unable to travel to the vaccine centre you have been advised to attend then you should speak to your GP who will be able to advise you of other options.

How to book your jab

It's likely that if you're over 65 or in the vulnerable group then you will have already have had your first dose.

The NHS is working through a list determined by the JCVI, which means those who need the jab most will be getting it first.

When you get your jab depends on where you are in the priority list.

Letters sent to those who qualify to have the vaccine give details on how to book your jab in each area.

The letters explain how the slots can be booked through the national booking service online or over the phone.


The NHS said that 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.

f they can't make an appointment this way then they can be jabbed at one of their local vaccine centres.

In order to be eligible for the vaccine, the NHS says that you have to be registered with a GP surgery in England.

To start the booking process you can follow the link sent to you on your letter.

You can only use the service if you have had a letter sent to you and the NHS states that you might not get your letter straight away.

Before you start to fill out the form you will be asked for your NHS number.

This number will be displayed on any previous letters the NHS has sent you – such as your shielding letter and it will consist of 10 numbers.

It does however state that if you don't know your NHS number then you will still be able to book an appointment.

If this is the case you will be asked for your first and second name, your gender and your date of birth as well as your postcode.

This is so the NHS can access your records and book you in at a centre close to you.

This also checks your eligibility for the vaccine and the system will prompt you if it's not yet your turn.

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