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The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

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People aged 38 and 39 are invited to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment

13 May 2021

People aged 38 and 39 are being sent text messages that allow them to access the national booking service at the touch of a button with further invitations to follow in the coming days and weeks.  These appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

Pregnant women will also be able to book through the national booking service from Thursday 13 May and will be directed to vaccination centres offering Pfizer in line with JCVI Guidance. They can also speak to their GP practice or maternity service if they have any questions about the coronavirus vaccine or can talk to a healthcare professional at their appointment.

If you cannot book online, call 119 free of charge, any time between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment at Clatterbridge vaccination centre via or wait to be invited by your GP (as soon as supplies allow) to attend a local GP-led vaccination centre.

The NHS in Wirral currently vaccinates using two vaccines, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, both of which have been approved as safe and effective by the world leading medical regulator the MHRA. 

Since the vaccination rollout began in December, nearly 30 million people have been vaccinated with a first dose in England, two thirds of the total adult population.  More than one third of adults have had both doses, meaning they have maximum protection from the virus, with second doses remaining a priority.


How many people in Wirral have received their COVID-19 vaccination?

Data by CCG is published weekly by NHSE on their website  

As of 13 May, a total of 294,793 COVID-19 vaccinations have been provided by the NHS to people living in Wirral. This equates to 186,573 first doses and 108,220 second doses.


The NHS in Wirral is continuing to vaccinate people in the following priority groups:

  • people aged 38 and over
  • people turning 38 before 1 July 2021
  • people at high risk from coronavirus(clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • frontline health workers
  • frontline social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

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, emailing NHS Wirral CCG at or using the national booking service.

Those eligible can also book an appointment at Clatterbridge Vaccination Centre via the following link

Find out more about who is eligible to have a COVID-19 vaccine

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



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 (keep in link)
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over
  10. all those 40 years of age and over
  11. all those 38 years of age and over

 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 would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you can do so by:



Unpaid Carers

In line with national guidance, a process has been developed to offer known unpaid carers a vaccination under Priority Group 6, the aim of which is to protect the person they care for from Coronavirus. Please click here for further information.


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