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 at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and many people are advised to get two doses. To find out how many vaccination doses you can get, and how and where you’ll be able to receive your jabs, visit the NHS website. Those who need it most are also able to have a third dose, or a booster vaccine.
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’.
Booster jabs will be offered 6 months after people receive their second dose, to:
- those living in residential care homes for older people,
- anyone aged 50 years +,
- frontline health and social care workers,
- those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19,
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Find out more about the third dose and booster jabs on the NHS website.
Vaccination sites in 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 NHS.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org