Explains which mental health problems are included in priority groups for a Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccine, and what to do if you have not yet been invited for a vaccination. Gives tips on how to prepare if you are worried about having your vaccination.
If you are an adult (aged 16 or over) in England or Wales and you live with a severe mental illness, you should now be offered a Covid-19 vaccine.
Government guidance defines severe mental illness as including people with:
You could also be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine if you are a carer for someone with a severe mental illness.
Normally, you will be invited to make an appointment when it is your turn for Covid-19 vaccination. You may receive a letter, text or email. You might be contacted by the NHS, or by your own GP.
You may also be able to book an appointment directly if you belong to another priority group. For example, if you are older than a certain age. The NHS has more information on who can book a vaccine appointment online.
If you're feeling worried or anxious about getting your Covid-19 vaccine, you could try some of these ideas:
This information was last updated on 4 March 2021.
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