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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 two COVID-19 vaccines currently available, one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and one developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca.

You cannot chose which of the vaccines you receive but both have been approved by the UK medicines regulator as effective and safe.

You can choose whether to have the vaccine or not. You will receive information about the jab to help you make up your mind 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 becomes available, we’ll be offering it to successive age bands of adults. It may take a while to get to everybody.

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. This will act as a reminder about your second dose and will also have information about 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.