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The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

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NHS offers COVID jab to clinically vulnerable and people aged 65-69

15 February 2021


The NHS in Wirral is now vaccinating people in the following priority groups

  • all those 65 years of age and over
  • all individuals aged 16 years to to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • all those in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

GP led sites are offering jabs to clinically vulnerable patients, while people aged 65 and over will in the first instance be invited to book a vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres. Should somebody aged 65 to 69 want to wait to be called by their local GP vaccination service or who have already received the jab they do not need to respond to their invitation.

People aged 70 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) were in the first four groups prioritised for vaccination. The majority of people in Wirral within these groups have already received a first dose of the vaccine, however anyone who hasn’t should arrange their vaccination as soon as possible either by contacting their GP practice, emailng NHS Wirral CCG at or using the national booking service.


What you need to know

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

In the video below, Dr Paula Cowan, local GP and Chair of NHS Wirral CCG, explains more about the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme in Wirral, and the importance of continuing to follow Government guidelines Hands. Face. Space.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In Wirral, the vaccine is currently being offered across 7 sites run by GPs and Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

It is currently being given to:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

 The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK


How will I get my vaccine?

The NHS is currently delivering the vaccine in three main ways:

Local vaccination centres - GP practices in Wirral are working together, contacting eligible patients and inviting them for appointments at local vaccination centres when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.  GP-led vaccination centres in Wirral are up and running at the locations below – you’ll be invited to the one your GP practice is linked to.

  • Victoria Central Hospital
  • St Catherine’s Health Centre
  • Birkenhead Medical Building
  • Woodchurch Leisure Centre
  • The Oval Leisure Centre
  • Moreton Cross Group Practice

Regional vaccination centres - People who are eligible and who haven’t already been vaccinated by their local GP led vaccination services might also receive a letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, giving them the option of booking an appointment at a different site. Mass vaccination centres for Cheshire and Merseyside are located at Chester Racecourse and St Helens.  You do not have to take up this offer if you don’t want to – your local GP-led service will be in touch to invite you to a local vaccination centre if you don’t respond.

Hospital vaccinations – A hospital vaccination hub is also in place at Clatterbridge Hospital.  The hospital site is predominantly aimed at vaccinating frontline staff and staff in patient facing roles across the wider health and social care workforce. 


If you are unable to leave the house to travel for an appointment and cannot arrange for someone to help you, please contact your GP practice.

Please do not attend any vaccination site seeking a vaccination without an appointment and do not contact the hospital, your GP practice or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way.


How soon after my first vaccination will I get invited back for my second dose?

If you've had your first vaccine dose already, the NHS will contact you when it's time for your second dose. For most people this will be scheduled in the 12th week after their first dose. 


Frontline Health and social care staff

NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group and Wirral Council are working together to co-ordinate capacity across hospital and GP-led services to ensure that frontline health or care workers receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

As set out in Chapter 14a of the Green Book all eligible frontline health and care staff can receive the vaccine in priority group 2.

If you are a frontline health or social care worker and have not yet been offer the vaccine, please contact us at


I'd like to help deliver Wirral’s COVID-19 vaccination programme

If you are a volunteer or a health and care worker eager to support Wirral's COVID-19 vaccination programme, please visit for more information and to register your interest.


Who can I contact to find out more?

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme, visit our frequently asked questions page or the NHS website at