COVID-19 COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Winter vaccination update

This winter will be hard -  not only will we still be dealing with Covid-19, but there will also be flu and all the other seasonal illnesses like vomiting bugs, coughs and colds, now that people are out of lockdown. That’s why having both your Covid and flu vaccination is so important. Read more about protecting yourself against flu on the Manchester Health and Care Commissioning website

If you’ve had both doses of your Covid vaccine you will be invited for a booster to give you the most protection possible; If you need your second dose, please don’t delay booking it.

And, if you have changed your mind after previously declining the vaccine, please get in touch and take up the offer. 

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

  • Everyone aged 12 and over is now eligible for both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (a 3 month wait is required between each dose).
  • Anyone aged 12 and over with a severely weakened immune system who has received two jabs, will be offered a third dose of the vaccine. This third dose is not a ‘booster’.
  • Find out more about the third dose and booster jabs on the NHS website.   

Some people at high risk from COVID-19 can get earlier appointments for their second dose. Wait to be contacted if you think you're in this group and you've already booked your second dose at 12 weeks.

Booster doses are currently available to people who received their first vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1 to 9) and it has been 6 months or 183 days since your second dose.

This includes:

  • people aged 40 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

If you fit the above criteria and would like to get your booster, please take along ID and proof of your second vaccination date to one of our pop-up vaccination clinics or alternatively book through the national booking system.

You can also call the Care Gateway on 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 4020, lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm.

Vaccination sites in Manchester

There are 13 vaccination sites and vaccination pop-ups across Manchester.

Contacting you about your COVID-19 vaccination

In Manchester there are three ways you might be contacted to get your vaccination:

  • Most people will be contacted by their GP practice, which will book them into their local Vaccination Centre; these are run by local GP practices working together. 
  • You might be contacted by your local hospital as an outpatient or inpatient. 
  • If you are eligible and haven’t already been vaccinated, you will receive a letter from the national booking service inviting you to book online or call 119 to book an appointment at a local pharmacy-run vaccination centre in the city or at the mass vaccination centre at the National Tennis Centre (Etihad Campus). 

Why is the vaccine important?

Having the vaccine will be the best way to protect the most vulnerable people from coronavirus and has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. More information on the COVID-19 vaccination is available on 

Contacting us about vaccine availability

If you are a private provider of health and social care services in Manchester that fall into current JCVI cohorts and have not been contacted about COVID-19 vaccine availability, or have questions about the vaccine rollout, please email

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