Call for people aged 70 and over to contact NHS for a COVID jab

9 February 2021

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID are being asked to contact the NHS to arrange a jab.

Previously the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first – and that remains the case for most people.

However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month.

The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at

The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

For the moment, the new system only applies to people aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable. When the time comes to begin vaccinating other priority groups, this will be once again by invitation only.

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