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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 first?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. It’s being given to:

  • people aged 65 and over
  • people who are at high risk from Coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who are at moderate risk from Coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). (https://bit.ly/2M5qCBV)

You need to have 2 doses of the vaccine and to go to 2 separate appointments.

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from Coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer-lasting protection.

Masked doctor holding syringe in Covid-19 vial

We have Covid vaccination centres set up in:

  • Warrington – Bewsey COVID Vaccination Centre at WIA, Lockton Lane, Bewsey, Warrington, WA5 0BW (opposite St Rocco’s Hospice).
  • Derby – Derby COVID Vaccination Centre at St John’s Methodist Church, Birchover Way, Derby DE22 2QL.
  • Accrington – Accrington COVID Vaccination Centre at ACT Centre, St James’ Old School Building, Cannon Street, Accrington BB5 2ER.
  • Preston – Wesham COVID Vaccination Centre at AFC Fylde, Mill Farm Sports Village, Coronation Way, Wesham PR4 3JZ.
  • Blackpool – Blackpool COVID Vaccination Centre at Moor Park Leisure Centre, Bristol Ave, Blackpool FY2 0JG.
  • Burnley – Burnley COVID Vaccination Centre at Stoneyholme Community Centre, 57 Danehouse Road, Burnley BB10 1AF.
  • 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.

If you would like to book with one of the centres above, please click this link https://bit.ly/3oJ8ifb 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 20 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. 

Person holding syringe in vial labelled "Vaccine Covid-19"

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