The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Latest Wirral update
26 January 2021
The vaccination programme in Wirral is being rolled out in line with national guidance.
All of our vaccination sites are currently prioritising vaccinating residents in groups 1 & 2 who are over 80 years of age, including care home residents and staff.
All sites are now offering vaccinations to people in groups 3 & 4 which include those over 70 years of age and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
Wirral is on track to offer vaccinations to all people in groups 1 – 4 by 15 February 2021.
The vaccination programme will take some time to work through so please don’t be worried if you or a family member is over 70 but hasn’t heard anything so far. You might know others over 70 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that does not mean that you or your relatives are a lower priority. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Please do not contact your GP practice before then.
What you need to know
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
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:
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
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).
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. The first mass vaccination centre for Cheshire and Merseyside is in St Helens, and over the coming weeks more large sites should open too. 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.
Health and social care staff
NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group is working 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.
Please be assured that all eligible frontline health and care staff (as set out in Chapter 14a of the Green Book) will be contacted and offered a first vaccine in the coming weeks.
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 https://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/ for more information and to register your interest.
Who can I contact to find out more?
The NHS is currently being inundated with wide-ranging enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine. While we understand that people are anxious to ensure that they and their loved ones are protected as quickly as possible, the number of enquiries currently being received is in danger of taking valuable resource away from delivery of the programme.
For more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, visit the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/