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Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine programme and how the vaccine will be rolled out.

First published:
20 January 2021
Last updated:

About COVID-19 vaccination

A safe and effective vaccine will offer individual protection from COVID-19. It will also offer greater protection for our loved ones and communities.

Vaccinating the population with a safe and effective vaccine will:

  • protect people from COVID-19
  • enable us to lift restrictions in due course
  • help us to return to a more normal life

There are 3 COVID-19 vaccines currently available, approved as safe by the UK Medicines Regulator:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Oxford-AstraZeneca
  • Moderna

In line with JCVI expert advice, the NHS will make the appropriate vaccine available at the right time for individuals.  

COVID-19 vaccine for pregnancy

Vaccination is being offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on age and clinical risk.

PHW and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have produced a pregnancy COVID-19 vaccine decision making tool

You can talk to your vaccinator or a healthcare professional about the jab if you have any concerns.

Read the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination on Public Health Wales.

Getting your vaccination appointment

The NHS will vaccinate people in order of clinical risk (on GOV.UK), largely based on age groups from old to young. Some people are much more at risk than others from serious complications of COVID-19. This is why the new vaccine is being prioritised to protect them first.
 
People in care homes and those who are housebound will receive the vaccine in their homes.

As more vaccine is becoming available, we are offering it to successive age bands of adults. Subject to vaccine supply, we are on track to offer everybody their first dose by the end of July. 

When it is your turn to receive the vaccine, you will be contacted directly by the NHS. You may be contacted by either telephone or letter. 

Beware of scams: the vaccination is free of charge to everyone.

You will never be asked for payment or bank details.

Receiving a second vaccination dose

Everyone will get two doses of the vaccine but you will have a high level of protection after the first dose. You will be called back for your second dose within 12 weeks of the first.

When you have your COVID-19 vaccine, you will get a credit card-sized NHS Wales immunisation card. The card is used to record information about your vaccine, your appointments and contains advice on how to report any side effects.

Self-isolation

If you’ve had the coronavirus vaccine but have symptoms or have been told to self-isolate you must still self-isolate.

After your vaccination