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Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

by Guy Murphy

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being offered to Knowsley residents in a phased approach. If you fall into any of the groups below you can book your vaccine now.

To book your appointment contact the national booking portal – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by ringing 119.

If you do not fall into one of the groups below, you can not book your vaccine yet. The NHS will let you know when it is your turn.

Who is eligible:

People aged 18 and over

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if:

  • you’re aged 18 or over
  • you’ll turn 18 before 1 July 2021

People at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)

People at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable), can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you’re at high risk, you will have had a letter from the NHS saying you’re clinically extremely vulnerable.

People with other conditions that put them at higher risk

People with certain other health conditions are at high risk and can get the COVID-19 vaccine (as well as people who are clinically extremely vulnerable).

These conditions include:

  • long-term lung conditions (such as severe asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis)
  • long-term conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels (such as congenital heart disease, heart failure and peripheral arterial disease)
  • diabetes
  • chronic kidney disease
  • long-term liver conditions (such as cirrhosis and hepatitis)
  • conditions affecting the brain or nerves (such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or stroke)
  • learning disabilities
  • a condition or treatment that makes you more likely to get infections (such as HIV or some treatments for lupus, psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • severe mental conditions (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder)
  • severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or above)


You may be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine if any of the following apply:

  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • your GP record shows you are a carer
  • you get a Carer’s Allowance or other support following an assessment by your local authority

If you think you should be eligible as a carer but you cannot book an appointment online, speak to your GP surgery. Your GP may be able to update your GP record and book an appointment for you at a local NHS service.

People who live and work in care homes

Anyone who lives or works in a care home can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Contact your care home manager about getting vaccinated.

Frontline health workers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re a health worker who has direct contact with people at higher risk from COVID-19.

Such as:

  • you work in a clinical role (such as a doctor or nurse)
  • you have contact in a non-clinical role (such as a receptionist or porter)
  • you work in a hospital laboratory, mortuary or a funeral home

Frontline social care workers

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re a social care worker who provides face-to-face care or support to children or adults at higher risk from COVID-19.

For example:

  • you are a registered professional in social care (such as a social worker or nurse)
  • you work in residential care, nursing care or in supported living
  • you provide personal care for people in their homes
  • You are not currently eligible if you care for children who are not at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable), for example as a childminder or nursery nurse.