Covid vaccinations now open for those aged 56 and above

Covid vaccine (Image iStock/MarsBars)

Covid vaccination appointments are now open for those aged 56 and above.

Those now eligible to book via the NHS online system are:

  • aged 56 or over
  • at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • have a learning disability
  • main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use the service.

People need to have 2 doses of the coronavirus vaccine at 2 appointments which are booked at the same time. The second dose is to be received 11 to 12 weeks after getting the first.

If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test before you book an appointment.

The national booking service allows you to book from a range of four large vaccine centres and 11 pharmacies across Kent and Medway. The centres all currently use the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Book online or call 119.

Vaccines given in Kent and Medway: 610,876

First dose (581,293)

over 80 years 93,682

75-79 years 70,422

70-74 years 95,518

65-69 years 79,518

under 65 years 241,844

Second dose (29,583)

over 80 years 17,611

75-79 years 593

70-74 years 351

65-69 years 606

under 65 years 10,422

More information here

People vaccinated up to and including 4 March in England

First dose: 18,106,090

Second dose: 729,265


  1. Great news for everybody over 56 who wants a jab, and well done to all involved.
    One question, why 56 and over? JCVI group 8 is 55 to 59. Have 55 year olds been moved down a group?

  2. That’s a new one – able to book both jabs at the same time!! I asked my physician yesterday about the second jab whilst on a call and she said you will be contacted when it’s ready. Has this now changed? The messages put out are conflicting and confusing.

    • It varies. My partner booked online (for a jab at the former Saga building) and was given both dates, yet when I had my jab at Minster surgery I was told I’d be contacted when due for my 2nd jab.

  3. I booked mine on the NHS website, and it automatically offered me dates for vaccination 1 and 2.
    My wife was phoned by the GP for her first jab . She’ll get a call for her second.
    But if she doesn’t, she’ll just give the practice a call.

    • I did the same. For info, the dates offered for the second jab were about 11 weeks after the first one.

  4. Maybe the last or 2nd last age group nearly fully indoctrinated by bbc news or sky news into having these jabs.

  5. Given you can still get the virus (still unisolated) and pass it on with the experimental vaax, I guess we will now be in a permanent lockdown of one form or another forever with the aim of zero covid. An interesting world awaits for those who embrace this.

    • How could scientists develop a vaccine if the virus had not already been identified/isolated?

  6. The vaccines currently in use in the UK both suppress symptoms of Covid with a high degree of efficacy. Ie, you can still catch CV, but mostly you won’t have any symptoms.
    But the really good news is that both vaccines also suppress transmission of the virus.
    So, once you’ve had at least one vaccination, better still both of them, you will be far less likely to get ill from Covid, and far less likely to spread it around.
    I don’t know what is meant by “still unisolated”, nor what “experimental vaax” is

      • I think you should join Mr Democrat’s fan club.
        It’s not just the elderly that die from CV It’s not just those with predisposition that suffer “long covid”.
        Younger people are dying and getting very sick, too.
        But there’s another reason for taking the vaccine: it suppresses transmission. So the more people who get vaccinated, the better for the whole of society.
        It’s your right not to be vaccinated, but it’s the right of the rest of us not to be unnecessarily exposed to infection. Time to introduce vaccine passports, then I can enjoy the pub, cafe, cinema, restaurant, flight, but you won’t.
        Your choice. Make it wisely.

        • So Andrew this is a vaccine that was passed through 20 times quicker than the normal procedure at best. It wasn’t even tested a full length of a pregnancy. Companies who sell it are set to make billions. And you Andrew want to run a dictatorship where people who naturally don’t trust it can’t go anywhere so you can sit in a pub? You do know this heading for serious issues because of ideas like yours don’t you?

          • The vaccines (there are more than one of them) have been years in the making, having their genesis in the SARs and MERS outbreaks decades ago. It was only necessary to tweak existing vaccines to make them effective against this particular CV. Every vaccine approved has been through phase 3 testing (and in the UK alone 20,000,000 have been vaccinated, with absolutely no issues of concern).
            Oxford/AstraZeneca is selling at cost price, so they’re not set to make billions.
            We already have in place various restrictions on our “freedoms”, to protect us as individuals and the wider society.
            It’s your choice not to have the vaccine. But it’s everyone else’s right not to be put at unnecessary risk because of your choice.

          • The “normal” procedure for producing a vaccine is because usually there is no world-wide desperate need for it. The time taken is nothing to do with microbiology, but the availability of money, labs, facilities, staff, equipment and so on.
            The lethal nature of this pandemic has meant that States have been behind the push to developed a vaccine, and every possible resource made available.
            Some could have been dished out this time last year, but Phase 3 tests, quite properly, were carried out.

          • Joe there is no convincing Andrew. I always see his comments on here. On one thread he will be telling people not to trust big companies when it comes to the airport and in another he will be telling people to trust big companies when it comes to injecting substances in their arm. He contradicts himself to suit what he wants

  7. Not a dictatorship. It makes sense to introduce vaccine passports. People who are still capable of transmitting the virus should have to let others know about this and, if they wish, avoid them.

    • It doesn’t make sense Marva. You will cause possibly the worst civil unrest amongst the young that this nation has seen in modern times. You have no idea

      • I don’t think vaccination passports are Ms Rees’ idea. The UK government, in common with many other governments and institutions are looking at the idea, with a view to protecting their citizens, passengers and customers.
        To travel to some of the more exotic destinations it is already to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever, and to have certification to that effect.
        Saga is insisting that people using its holiday facilities are vaccinated. So is Cyprus.
        I suspect that those declining vaccination will become a smaller and smaller minority, as the fake news stories doing the rounds is shown to be what it is.

    • Trete: there is a world of difference between a company headed by a struck of embezzelling ex-solicitor who has already overseen the demise of Manston Airport and, for example, Oxford University.
      I’m flattered that I have such a discerning following.

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