How will I get my vaccine?

If you are eligible for a vaccination and have not yet had one, you may get a letter or text from the NHS national booking system inviting you to make an appointment at a community vaccination centre.

Updated 5 January 2022

These are being sent to people who live within 45 minutes of one of the centres, which might be in a different area to where you would normally receive your healthcare.

Text invitations and reminders will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service and will show as being sent from ‘NHSvaccine’ with a link to the website.

Participating GP practices are also working together to vaccinate people, so you might also be contacted to book an appointment at a local surgery. You may not be contacted by your usual practice and you might need to go to a different location for your vaccination – you will be told where to attend when you are invited in. 

When it is your turn to book a vaccination, you will need to provide:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • Your NHS number (which will be provided in your invitation letter)

If you do not know your NHS number you can still book an appointment.

If you’ve had your first vaccine dose already, the NHS will contact you when it’s time for your second dose.

If you are unable to leave the house to travel for an appointment – and cannot arrange for someone to help you – your local NHS services will be in contact with you.

Walk in vaccinations are also available. For details, please visit

Finding your NHS number

You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at

Registering with a GP

You can find a GP practice on the website. You will need to fill in a form to register – for some practices you can do this on their website so check there first. Alternatively, you can download a GMS1 registration form on GOV.UK or arrange a time to pick up a registration form from the GP surgery. If you have problems registering with a GP practice, call the NHS England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 22 33.