Booking your appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination
Manchester’s community COVID-19 vaccination programme, part of the biggest mass vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, is now underway.
Over the coming weeks and months adults over 18 will be offered the vaccine, starting with the most at risk. The first people to be offered the vaccination will be patients aged 80 and above.
You don’t need to contact your GP; you will be called when it is your turn for the vaccine. To ease pressure on the NHS at this busy time, and to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you do not to call the NHS or council as you’ll be contacted when it is your turn.
This is how the appointment system will work
- If you are registered with a GP in Manchester, you will be contacted directly from your practice or NHS service when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please note, you may receive a call or text from a mobile phone number, but the caller will identify themselves.
- If you live in Manchester but are registered with a practice outside the city you will be contacted by your GP practice in that area or a representative from that local CCG area.
- You may also receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to an appointment
- If you receive a text inviting you to book your appointment, the text will include your name, date of birth and the name of your GP practice to identify themselves. Please click on the link and follow the steps to book your appointment.
- If you receive a phone call, the caller will identify themselves and say they are calling on behalf of your GP and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.
- The caller will then offer dates and times for you to attend clinic. They will also give the location of the site where you will be vaccinated. This may not be your usual surgery.
- The Covid-19 vaccination is given in two doses. You will be given an appointment for your second dose within 12 weeks of having the first dose.
- The callers booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking you to confirm your name. They will never ask for any money or bank details. Sadly, we have already been alerted to possible phone scams with callers asking for payment for access to vaccinations.
- Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. You will need to remain in clinic until that time has elapsed.
It is important that you attend your vaccination appointment.
If you can't attend for any reason, let your GP know as soon as possible so your apporintment can be offered to someone else.
Please share this information with people you know, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
The vaccine is safe and has gone through many months of testing before reaching this stage.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the NHS website.