Covid-19 Vaccintes May 23 Update

Covid-19 vaccines

Covid vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against Covid-19.

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.

Who can get a booster dose

The NHS should contact you if you’re eligible for a seasonal booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this spring.

You may be offered a seasonal booster if you:

  • are aged 75 or over (you need to have turned 75 on or before 30 June 2023)
  • live in a care home for older adults
  • are aged 5 or over and have a weakened immune system

You can make your appointment using the link on your text invite or on the NHS website or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm. There are also drop-in vaccine clinics, so you can get your jab without an appointment. These clinics are listed at as soon as they are confirmed.

If you have any questions about your vaccine, please contact the National Booking Service, call 119 or our local vaccine contact centre on 0191 283 1925.

You can also find more information on Covid-19 vaccines on the NHS website or

Vaccine certificates

We are unable to issue Covid-19 vaccine certificates at the practice.

Please see the Government website for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS app, (which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions). 

You can download the NHS app from the app store or Google Play.

Alternatively, you can call 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least five days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. The letter may to take up to five days to reach you.

You can find a range of useful links on our Covid-19 information page.