When will I get the Covid vaccine? Latest priority list explained - and how to use vaccine calculator

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This is when you could receive the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine

Vaccines are being rolled out across the UK to the country’s vulnerable people, according to a nine-point priority list.

The vaccination programme has entered its next phase after a jab was offered to everyone in the top four priority groups.

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Currently the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are being administered, while a third from Moderna is due to arrive in the UK in spring.

The vaccine rollout has reached its next phase in the UK (PA Media)The vaccine rollout has reached its next phase in the UK (PA Media)
The vaccine rollout has reached its next phase in the UK (PA Media)

Here’s who will receive the vaccine first - and the rest of the immunisation timeline explained.

Who will be vaccinated first?

The jabs rollout has been ramped up across the UK, and the government met its target of offering a jab to everyone in the top four priority groups by 15 February.

That includes residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, over 80s and frontline health workers, over 75s, and over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable people.

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Some areas in England are now inviting over 60s for their first dose, as well as some people over 16 with underlying health conditions that make them at-risk from the virus.

The aim is to vaccinate the remaining priority groups by the start of May.

The priority groups were decided based on data from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) which determined that age was the most important factor in coronavirus deaths.

The remaining priority groups are:

- All those aged 65 and over

- All individuals aged 16-65 with underlying health conditions

- All those aged 60 and over

- All those aged 55 and over

- All those aged 50 and over.

These groups cover about 17 million people in the UK.

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Following that, police officers and teachers will be prioritised for a jab from late spring.

There has not yet been a decision on who will be immunised after the priority groups rollout is complete – although the government aims to vaccinate every adult in the country by the autumn.

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How can I use the vaccine calculator?

A calculator has been created on Omnicalculator, which handily estimates when you might be offered the Covid jab.

Based on the UK's current nine-point priority list for the vaccine, it also tells you how many people are ahead of you in the queue.

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The calculator asks you a series of questions about your age, health conditions and other details - such as if you're pregnant or a care home worker.

It then uses this information to calculate when you're most likely to receive the vaccine, based on the answers you've given.

Where will I get the vaccine?

People are currently being immunised at a number of places across the country.

You will be invited to book an appointment by the NHS via phone or letter as soon as it is your turn.

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More and more vaccination centres and hubs are opening in England so people have the choice of where to receive their jab.

Right now, vaccines are being administered in hospital hubs for NHS staff and patients, GP surgeries for over 80s, care homes, pharmacies and sports stadiums and conference centres acting as mass vaccination centres.