COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – What You Need to Know
22 October 2021
Vaccination is clinically-proven to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. It also provides protection against COVID-19 variants.
Anyone who received a vaccination during the early stages of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) 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 System (or by calling 119). There is no need to contact your GP practice.
In line with national guidance, there must be at least a six-month gap between your second jab and your booster vaccination.
Please be aware that 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.
If you or someone you know is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, everyone aged 16 and over is now able to arrange their vaccination appointments via the National Booking System or by calling 119.
Please note - Young people aged 16 and 17 years are currently being offered a first dose of vaccine only. The timing of a second dose will be confirmed later.
A number of walk-in vaccination options are listed on this national website. Across Cheshire, the following sites are offering walk-in vaccination clinics in the coming days:
- Hartford Methodist Church, Beach Road, Northwich, CW8 3AB. Friday, October 22nd, Saturday, October 23rd, Tuesday, October 26th, Wednesday, October 27th, Thursday, October 28th (all 9am-6pm) - Pfizer
- Lache Community Centre, Hawthorn Road, Chester, CH4 8HX. Friday, October 22nd (10am-5pm) - Pfizer (1st and 2nd doses only)
- Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, CH2 1EU. Tuesday, October 26th (10am-5pm) - Pfizer and AstraZeneca
- Alsager Pharmacy, Lawton Road, ST7 2AA. Friday, October 22nd (9am-3pm), Saturday, October 23rd (10am-1pm) - Pfizer
- Middlewich Victoria Hall, Civic Way, Middlewich, CW10 1AS. Thursday, October 28th (2pm-7pm) - Pfizer and AstraZeneca - Friday, October 29th (8am-1pm) - Pfizer
- Delamere Resource Centre, Delemere Street, Crewe, CW1 2ER. Friday, October 29th (10am-5pm) - Pfizer and AstraZeneca
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 or guardians do not need to contact their local GP or other NHS services to make an appointment.
The vaccine is safe, quick and effective. It does not give people the COVID-19 virus and does not contain any animal products.
The vaccination will be carried out by school-aged immunisation service (SAIS) providers, a group of provider organisations such as NHS community trusts who are already contracted in local systems to provide routine immunisation services in schools such as the seasonal flu campaign.
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.
Parents or guardians do not need to contact their GP or other NHS services or make an appointment and SAIS will put in place processes to exclude young people that have already received a first dose under previous JCVI advice.
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.