The NHS is offering everyone aged 5 and over the COVID-19 vaccine.
A booster dose is also available for everyone aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15 who have had two doses of the vaccine at least three months ago.
People aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system, are being offered a spring booster.
If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you need to wait before getting any dose of the vaccine. The NHS has published guidance explaining how long you will need to wait.
How to get the vaccine
If you are over 16 you can find out how to get a vaccination on the NHS website or you can visit a walk-in vaccination clinic.
Appointments for children aged 5-16 are available at selected vaccination centres and pharmacies. They can be booked online on the NHS website.
Walk-in vaccination clinics
The NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group has published a list of walk-in clinics on its website. There is one at Wellington Square, 1pm to 5.30pm, every Wednesday and Saturday.
Further information about the vaccination
There are a number of information leaflets and guides available with further information and advice:
- leaflets about the booster vaccination are available on the COVID-19 vaccination booster dose resources page on GOV.UK
- leaflets about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 17 year olds are available on the COVID-19 vaccination resources for children and young people aged 12 to 17 years page on GOV.UK
- a leaflet about what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination is also available
- the charity SignHealth provides Coronavirus vaccination information in British Sign Language (BSL) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People provide updates for blind and partially sighted residents
There is also a range of vaccine advice in easy read format from the charity Mencap.
The following guides are available for pregnant or breastfeeding women:
Vaccine information is also available in additional languages on the BBC website: