Booking a Covid vaccination

Everyone in the UK aged 18 and over can now book Covid-19 vaccinations if not already contacted directly by the NHS via your registered doctor's practice, i.e. your GP, to book a vaccination.

England, Wales and Scotland are running their own programmes and each one is different.

You need to be registered with a GP somewhere in the UK to receive an invitation.

When you receive the invitation - usually via an SMS message - you will be able to book a vaccination at a vaccination hub/centre that is close to where you are living at the time of the invitation. In most instances, you can also book the appointment for the second dose at the time you book the appointment for the first one, but sometimes you need to wait for a second invite – usually 8 weeks after the first vaccination.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. GP practices should support unregistered patients and those without an NHS number to access the vaccine; they can record these vaccinations and be paid for them.

It is really important that you engage with the vaccination programme and get yourself protected. You will also be protecting your family, friends, supervisors, tutors, and College staff.

Once vaccinated, you will need to continue to do regular infection screens via lateral flow testing to ensure you remain free from infection - even when you are fully vaccinated.

During term time, and sometimes out of term, you can take part in the University's asymptomatic testing programme. Lateral flow tests are also available via post, from pharmacies or from testing hubs.

How to find the nearest asymptomatic testing hub to your home address:

N Ireland

How to access symptomatic testing in all the UK countries 

Up to date information about the Covid-19 vaccine and the vaccination programme

Read the Stay Safe Cambridge University vaccination advice page