This 'Vaccine Queue Calculator' Estimates When You'll Be Eligible for the COVID Jab

Find out how many millions of people in the UK are ahead of you in the queue.
London, GB
December 18, 2020, 11:45am

A new online calculator, based on the nine-point priority list issued by the UK government, helps you estimate how far back you are in the queue to get the coronavirus vaccine.

The Omni calculator first asks for your age, because generally the older you are, the sooner you will get the vaccine. It also asks whether you're a care home resident or worker, whether you were asked to shield during lockdown, if you are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and whether you have any underlying health conditions.

When I tried it out (ticking “no” for all of the above questions), I discovered that there are between 27,132,105 and 38,844,493 people ahead of me in the queue. “Given a vaccination rate of 1,000,000 a week and an uptake of 70.6%,” this means I should expect to receive the jab between the 26th of June and the 16th of September next year.

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If, like me, you’re in your twenties and not a priority candidate, you’ll likely end up getting a similar result. Still, check it out if you like – but remember that this is an estimation, rather than a precise calculation (the government hasn’t released its plans for the second phase of vaccinations), so you probably shouldn’t make any summer holiday plans based on the results.