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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – What You Need to Know

Vaccination is clinically-proven to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your risk of catching or spreading the virus.

Booster vaccination

Anyone aged 40+ or in an at-risk group is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination.

In Cheshire, booster vaccinations are being delivered at dozens of GP and pharmacy-led vaccination centres. The quickest and easiest way to arrange your booster vaccination is online via the National Booking Service (or by calling 119).

Alternatively, please respond to an invitation from the NHS or attend a local walk-in vaccination clinic.

In line with national guidance, there must be at least a six-month gap between your second jab and your booster vaccination.

You may be invited to a different vaccination centre this time around and, in some cases, a flu jab may be offered at the same time.

1st and 2nd doses

First and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine also continue to be delivered across Cheshire. Anyone aged 16+ can arrange their vaccination appointments online via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Parents are also now able to book COVID-19 vaccinations for their 12 to 15-year-olds via the same service.

Please note - Young people aged 16 and 17 years are currently being offered a first dose of vaccine only.

A number of walk-in vaccination options are listed on this national website. Across Cheshire, the following sites are offering walk-in vaccination clinics for people aged 16+ in the coming days:

Cheshire West

  • Hartford Methodist Church, Beach Road, Northwich, CW8 3AB. Thursday, December 2nd, Friday, December 3rd, Saturday, December 4th (9am-6pm) - Pfizer and Moderna (including boosters)
  • Vicar's Cross Pharmacy, Green Lane, Chester, CH3 5LB. Thursday, December 2nd, Friday, December 3rd, Saturday, December 4th, Sunday, December 5th, Monday, December 6th, Tuesday, December 7th, Wednesday, December 8th (3pm-5:30pm) - Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna (including boosters)
  • Tarvin Community Centre, Meadow Close, Tarvin, CH3 8LY. Thursday, December 2nd (9am-5pm) - Pfizer and AstraZeneca (including boosters)
  • Lache Community Centre, Hawthorn Road, Chester, CH4 8HX. Friday, December 3rd (10am-5pm) - Pfizer and AstraZeneca (including boosters)
  • Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester, CH1 1EA. Thursday, December 9th (11am-7pm) Pfizer and AstraZeneca (including boosters)
  • Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester, CH1 2DY. Wednesday, December 15th (10am-5pm), Thursday, December 16th (11am-6pm), Friday, December 17th, Saturday, December 18th, Sunday, December 19th, Monday, December 20th, Tuesday, December 21st (10am-5pm)Pfizer and AstraZeneca (including boosters)

Cheshire East

  • Middlewich Victoria Hall, Civic Way, Middlewich, CW10 1AS. Thursday, December 2nd (2pm-7pm), Tuesday, December 7th (8am-1pm), Wednesday, December 8th (2pm-7pm) - Pfizer (including boosters)

School-aged children Vaccination Programme (12 to 15-year-olds)

Healthy 12 to 15-year-olds are eligible for one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

While COVID-19 is typically mild or asymptomatic in most young people, it can be very unpleasant for some. The UK’s Chief Medical Officers agree that one dose of the vaccine will provide good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.

Parents or guardians of young people aged 12-15 will receive letters from their local school-aged immunisation service provider with details of when the vaccination will be offered. For most young people this will be through a session at their school.

Parents are also now able to book COVID-19 vaccinations for their 12 to 15-year-olds via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

As with all vaccinations, a consent form and information will be used to seek consent from parents or those with parental responsibility. More information about the vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds is available here.

Avoiding fraud

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud, please remember the following points:

  • The NHS will never ask for bank details, PIN numbers or passwords when contacting you about a vaccination. You will never be charged for the vaccine.
  • Any communication which claims to be from the NHS but asks for payment, or bank details, is fraudulent and can be ignored. If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
  • Where a victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police either online or by calling 101.

What's happening in neighbouring areas

  • Click here for information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Wirral
  • Click here for information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Warrington and Halton