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We’ve been asked by some readers about whether overseas Americans can get Coronavirus vaccines in the UK, so we thought it would be a good idea to use this space to clear things up.
The good news is that yes, the NHS is making jabs available to expats on the same basis as Brits and anyone else. As long as you fulfil the criteria, you can get a jab. The full advice is at the NHS website but here’s a short summary of how they describe the process:
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI so it may change – check the website.
Importantly for expats, you don’t have to be registered with a GP (local physician). You can book your vaccination appointments online if any of the following apply - you do not need to wait to be contacted by the NHS:
you are aged 50 or over
you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
you have a learning disability
you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
You can book an appointments online at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination
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