When will I get the Covid vaccine? Find out when you could be eligible

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  • Wondering 'When will I get the Covid vaccine?' There's a quick way to find out.

    With the January lockdown in full-swing and the end of lockdown feeling very far away, more people than ever before are hanging onto the idea of a vaccine as hope for a return to normal life in the near future.

    So it’s no surprise that people are wondering, “when will I get the Covid vaccine?” now that the Pfizer vaccine and Oxford vaccine have started to be distributed in the UK.

    Elderly residents in care homes and their carers, as well as those over 80 years old and frontline health and social care workers are currently all in the priority group to receive the vaccine now, in the first phase of its rollout.

    But when will you be in line to get the vaccine? Here’s how to find out:

    When will I get the Covid-19 vaccine?

    There is now an online calculator to help you find out when you may be in line to get the vaccine.  Simply enter your details, such as age and vulnerability, and the online vaccine calculator will work out when approximately when you might get the vaccine this year.

    To find out when you will get the Covid-19 vaccine, check out this online calculator.

    Screenshot showing when will I get the vaccine against covid-19.

    Credit: Omni Calculator / Steven Wooding

    It works out its results based on how many people there are in the UK and what your vulnerability is to the virus. Your place in the queue for the vaccine will be higher up if you have any of conditions that make you physically vulnerable or if you are in a high-risk profession.

    The current priority order for the vaccines is:

    1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
    2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    3. All those 75 years of age and over
    4. Anyone 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
    5. Everyone 65 years of age and over
    6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
    7. All those 60 years of age and over
    8. All those 55 years of age and over
    9. Anyone 50 years of age and over
    10. Rest of the population

    Under the current government target of 2 million vaccine doses per week, all those in the top 4 priority groups for the vaccine should be immunised by February 15. Then according to the calculator, anyone under the age of 50 (without underlying health conditions or risk from occupation) will receive the first vaccine dose between April 2 2021 and May 20 2021, followed by the second dose later in the summer.

    “This is a national challenge on a scale, like nothing we’ve seen before.” Boris Johnson said in a No 10 press conference recently. “Of course, we are in a race against time. But I can assure you that we are doing everything we can to vaccinate as many people as possible across our whole UK.”

    At the moment, the government hopes that this will lead to 15 million people (the over 70s, healthcare workers and everyone required to shield) vaccinated by the middle of February and millions more in the spring.

    However, the ‘rollout of vaccine’ filters on the calculator are adjustable for a reason. According to a recent YouGov poll, only three in ten people believe that the government will actually reach their target of 15 million people by the spring, with only one in seven people expecting the restrictions to end in the next few months.

    Women wearing face masks, receiving coronavirus vaccine

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    When will over 60s get the Covid vaccine?

    At the moment, according to the calculator, this means that anyone over 60 will be offered their first dose of the vaccine between 18/03/21 and 27/03/201, with the second dose coming in three months later between 10/06/21 and 19/06/21. This is because anyone aged 60 or over, without underlying health conditions or risk from occupation, is seventh in line to get the coronavirus vaccine.

    The good news though is that currently, as of January 18, the NHS was “vaccinating four times faster than people are catching coronavirus” but Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England says, “that ratio will only be able to hold the line if people continue to do the right thing and prevent the transmission of coronavirus.”

    “If we can do that, we can see a way to a much better future by the end of this year.”

    What is the vaccine booking service?

    While those under 50 might have to wait a while for their vaccine, the good news is that a vaccine booking service will soon be launched in the UK.

    Announced by Boris Johnson on January 7, the new system will hopefully make the process of getting the vaccination easier in the future.

    The prime minister said, “Our new national booking service will also make it easier to book and access appointments so I urge everyone to come forward.”

    He also said that he hoped to “accelerate the pace of the vaccination in care homes” with the distribution of the second vaccine now available, and confirmed the government’s target of vaccines for all elderly people in care homes by the end of this month.