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COVID-19 COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Vaccination sites in Manchester

There are vaccination sites and walk-in's across Manchester.

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're over 18 and have 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 a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 
  • If you are between the ages of 12 and 17 then you can have your second dose 12 weeks after your first. Those 18 and over can have their second dose 8 weeks after their first. 
  • 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.   

People aged 18+ are all now eligible for a booster and will be able to pre-book a booster dose appointment 2 months after their second dose. You can get your booster dose 12 weeks (91 days) after your second dose.  

You can book on the national booking service site or ring 119, in Manchester you can also go to one of our walk-in centres for the booster, and no appointment is needed. People who are registered with a Manchester GP can also call the Gateway to book an appointment on on 0161 947 0770 or 0800 092 4020, lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm

Other people eligible for a booster:

  • people aged 18 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)

Manchester COVID-19 Helpline 

Call free on 0800 840 3858 or text: 07890 036 892. Open 7 days a week 9am-5pm.

The service is for anyone with Covid-19 questions, who needs help with booking vaccination or testing appointments or has questions on when to self isolate. Advice is provided by a nursing team. Translation service available.  

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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 vaccination site, 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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