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Everything You Need to Know About the Covid Vaccination

When it’s your turn to have the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, you’ll get a letter, phone call, email or text inviting you for an appointment.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

At the current stage of the vaccination programme, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to the following groups:

1st and 2nd dose

Those aged 12 years and older are currently eligible to receive a first or second dose.

  • Those under 18 will be offered a second dose 12 weeks after their first dose
  • Those under 18 at high risk from COVID-19 will be offered a second dose eight weeks after their first dose
  • Those over 18 will be offered a second dose eight weeks after their first dose
  • Those with a positive COVID-19 test will need to wait 28 days before getting a second dose

3rd dose

Those aged 18 and over are eligible for a third dose if they are immunocompromised and have a letter from their GP or hospital specialist. This is different from a booster jab.

  • Those under 18 may still be eligible for a third dose – bring your letter to a vaccination site offering third jabs
  • Those with a positive COVID-19 test must wait 28 days before getting their third dose

Booster dose

The booster dose is currently being offered to those aged 18 and over, 16 and over at high risk from COVID-19, and frontline healthcare workers, who have received their 2nd dose.

  • To be eligible for a booster dose, you must have had your second dose more than 61 days ago
  • Those who have received a 3rd dose for a weakened immune system must wait 91 days to receive a booster dose
  • Those with a positive COVID-19 test must wait 28 days before getting their third dose

Each dose gives you more protection than the last. Protection offered by the vaccines can wane over time, making booster jabs vital to maintain your safety against COVID-19.

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We have Covid vaccination centres set up in:

  • Accrington – Accrington COVID Vaccination Centre at Peel Street Pharmacy, 13-17 Peel St, Accrington BB5 1EA.
  • Bewsey – Bewsey COVID Vaccination Centre at WIA, Lockton Lane, Bewsey, Warrington, WA5 0BF (opposite St Rocco’s Hospice).
  • Blackpool – Blackpool COVID Vaccination Centre at Moor Park Health Centre, Bristol Ave, Blackpool FY2 0JG.
  • Bradford – Bradford COVID Vaccination Centre Holmewood Pharmacy, 95 Holmewood Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD4 9EJ.
  • Bradford – Bradford COVID Vaccination Centre at Leylands Lane Pharmacy, Adjacent Leyland Medical Centre, 81 Leylands Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD9 5PZ.
  • Burnley – Burnley COVID Vaccination Centre at Stoneyholme & Daneshouse Youth & Community Centre, 57 Danehouse Road, Burnley BB10 1AF.
  • Derby – Derby COVID Vaccination Centre at Broadway Baptist Church, 166 Broadway, Darley Abbey, Derby DE22 1BP.
  • Leeds – Leeds COVID Vaccination Centre at Imaan Pharmacy Harehills, 262-264 Harehills Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 7BD.
  • Liverpool – Liverpool COVID Vaccination Centre at Hunts Cross Pharmacy, 4 Woodend Avenue, Liverpool L25 0PA.
  • Oldham – Oldham COVID Vaccination Centre at Pakistani Community Centre, Marlborough St, Oldham OL4 1EG.
  • Oldham – Oldham COVID Vaccination Centre at South Chadderton Methodist Church, 25 Thompson Lane, Oldham OL9 8LX.
  • Preston – Wesham COVID Vaccination Centre at Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club, Wellington Street, Kirkham PR4 2JN

If you would like to book with one of the centres above, please click this link and select your chosen address.

If you do not have access to the internet or you’re unsure of how to book you can also call 119 free of charge.

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What do I need to bring to my Covid vaccine appointment?

You’ll need to bring:

  • a face covering, unless you cannot wear one for a health or disability reason
  • your booking reference numbers if your appointment is at a vaccination centre
  • If you need a carer, you can bring them with you on the day.

What happens at the Covid vaccine appointment? 

You’ll be asked for your booking reference numbers. Your appointment should then last for around 10 to 30 minutes, and you’ll be asked some questions about your medical history.

It’s important to tell the staff giving you the vaccination if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction or you are pregnant. You will then be given an injection of the vaccine into your upper arm.

Our vaccination centres will help keep you safe from COVID-19. There will be regular cleaning and social distancing in waiting areas.

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How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the Independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any Coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

If you would like stay at home tips or Coronavirus advice, as well as regular pharmacy updates during the pandemic, visit our blog page here. 

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