Update for the new vaccination programme starting September 2023
We will continue to offer vaccinations on a Sunday from mid September onwards.
At first this will be by invite/booking only. NO WALK IN SERVICE
Please await a text message invite or book via the national booking system. The national system only allows patients to book for COVID-19 vaccination. The text message will offer invite for both vaccines. You only need to book 1 appointment if you want either or both vaccines. When you attend you can confirm which vaccine you want.
COVID and Flu clinics will be running almost every Sunday morning.
Vaccinations will be offered from oldest age first and includes:
•Residents in a care home for older adults
•All adults aged 65 years and over
•Persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book, COVID-19 Chapter (Green Book)
•Frontline health and social care workers
•Persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression
•Persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and staff working in care homes for older adults.
The JCVI also advises primary course vaccination for individuals in the above cohorts who have not had any previous doses should be offered. They should receive a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the campaign period – this marks a change to the previous offer.
All those who turn 65 years by 31 March 2024 are eligible for both vaccinations
Walk in service will be stopped until we have capacity again.
Please do not ring reception for an appointment until you are invited but please use the online booking to allow us to concentrate on routine NHS care.
You do not need to be an NHS patient to get the vaccine.
Request an appointment via the National Booking Service
What you need to do
- Download, print and fill in the pre-vaccination questionnaire above if you can.
- Remember to eat and drink before your appointment.
- Wear clothing that easily allows you to expose the very top of your arm (near your shoulder).
- On arrival, you will be asked to fill in a brief pre-vaccination questionnaire if you haven’t done this already. Bring a pen and your NHS number if you can, to fill in the form.
- Please queue in a socially distanced manner for your vaccination.
- Chairs will be provided for those who need to sit.
- Give your questionnaire to your vaccinator.
Please read the following information:
Proof of Vaccination
You will no longer be given a card when you receive your vaccine.
COVID-19 and Flu vaccine side effects
Most side effects of the vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
- a sore arm where the needle went in
- feeling tired
- a headache
- feeling achy
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.
If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.
If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.
There have been very rare reports of myocarditis and pericarditis occurring after vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2, often in younger men and shortly after the second dose of the vaccine. These are typically mild cases and individuals tend to recover within a short time following standard treatment and rest.
Vaccinated individuals should also seek immediate medical attention should they experience new onset of chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations or arrhythmias.
Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to any ingredients in the vaccine.
If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.
You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
There’s no evidence the COVID-19 or Flu vaccine are unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re:
- pregnant and at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus or influenza
- if you’re breastfeeding
You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19 or influenza.