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Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In Leicestershire, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals, at doctors surgeries, local vaccination centres run by GPs and at a larger vaccination centre. More centres are opening all the time.

It's being given to:

  • people aged 21 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

    If you are not eligible yet

    Please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

    Vaccinations for front-line social care staff

    Our front-line social care workforce including providers of social care and some groups of local authority staff, who are protecting individuals who are at the highest risk from COVID-19 infection, are our priority groups for vaccination.


    To book your coronavirus vaccination visit the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland residents local booking website

    Alternatively, you can also book or manage your coronavirus vaccination via the national booking service

    COVID-19 vaccine side effects

    Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. 

    Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and shouldn't last longer than a week, such as:

    • a sore arm where the needle went in
    • feeling tired
    • a headache
    • feeling achy
    • feeling or being sick

    For more information on side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS website

    Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site

    You can report suspected side effects to the COVID-19 vaccines to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency through the Yellow Card reporting site

    The Yellow Card Scheme is available to report suspected side effects from all medicines including vaccines, prescribed or over the counter drugs, herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies, all medical devices available on the UK market and reports of safety concerns associated with e-cigarette products.

    Further information 

    Information about the vaccine, including its safety and effectiveness and how it provides the best available protection from COVID-19:

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