The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
25 January 2021
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 homes for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age
- and over Frontline health and social care workers
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).
Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.
It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then
How will I get my vaccine?
GP practices in Wirral are working together to vaccinate people, so you might not be contacted by your usual practice and you might need to go to a different location for your vaccination – you will be told where to attend when you are invited in.
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.
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.
The vaccination programme will take some time to work through so please don’t be worried if you or a family member is over 80 but hasn’t heard anything so far. You might know others over 80 who have been invited for their vaccination already, but that does not mean that you or your relatives are a lower priority.
GPs and other clinicians are working hard to vaccinate as many people in this group as quickly as possible and, during January and February 2021, many more people will be invited in. This is only the start of the vaccination programme and it will take some time to work through everyone.
Where are vaccinations taking place in Wirral?
GP-led vaccination centres are up-and-running in the locations listed below.
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.
- Victoria Central Hospital
- St Catherine’s Health Centre
- Birkenhead Medical Building
- Woodchurch Leisure Centre
- The Oval Leisure Centre
- Moreton Cross Group Practice
- Clatterbridge Hospital
Where else might I be invited to have a vaccine?
On Monday, January 11th 2021, the Manchester Tennis and Football Club at the Etihad Campus became one of the country's first large-scale, regional vaccination sites.
People who are eligible and live near these new vaccination services will receive letters from the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment.
Please don’t try to book or go to these services before you receive a booking letter and, when you do book an appointment, please make sure you attend.
If it is not convenient, you can instead wait to be vaccinated at a local vaccination centre in the coming weeks. If you choose not to attend an appointment in one of these new vaccination services, please wait until you receive your letter locally to attend a local site.
A hospital vaccination hubs is also in place at Clatterbridge Hospital. The hospital site is predominantly aimed at vaccinating frontline health and care workers.
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 - where can I find out more?
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/